This painting is part of the group: S. Niccolò Altarpiece, Padua

This section of an altarpiece showing Saint Peter Martyr is probably a comparatively early work by Schiavone. It is thought to come from S. Niccolò, Padua.

Born in Verona in 1205, Saint Peter was received into the Dominican Order by Dominic himself in 1221, while a student at Bologna University. He was energetic in seeking out heresy and punishing the offenders. This led to his murder in 1252. While on a journey he was attacked by hired assassins, in the pay of two members of the Venetian Cathari sect whose property he had confiscated.

He is depicted here dressed in the Dominican habit of black and white, and with the symbols of his martyrdom: a dagger in his chest and an axe penetrating his skull.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1436/7 - 1504
Full title
Saint Peter Martyr
Group
Date made
probably 1456-61
Medium and support
Tempera on wood
Dimensions
66 x 23 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1860
Inventory number
NG630.4
Location in Gallery

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Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint John the Baptist'
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Giorgio Schiavone: 'The Pietà'
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Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Jerome'
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Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Catherine'
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Giorgio Schiavone
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Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Sebastian'
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Giorgio Schiavone
probably about 1456-61
Giorgio Schiavone: 'A Female Saint'