Saint Peter

This painting is part of an altarpiece, the main panel of which depicts The Virgin and Child. This section shows Saint Peter; other parts of the altarpiece show Saints Philip, John the Evangelist and John the Baptist. Peter was a fisherman when Jesus invited him to join him and become a 'fisher of men'. He was originally called Simon but Jesus changed his name to Peter, meaning 'rock', to signify that he was the founder of the church. Peter was one of the first apostles to perform baptisms and miracles and is seen here holding the keys to Heaven.

Key facts

Artist dates
1460 - 1535
Full title
Saint Peter
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas, transferred from wood
109.8 x 57.1 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1859
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: The High Altarpiece from San Pietro in Vincoli, Faenza