Saints Peter and Dorothy

Saint Peter carries the keys to heaven and hell. Saint Dorothy wears a garland of flowers, including roses, and carries the same flowers in her basket, an allusion to the miraculous gift of fruit and flowers a child messenger brought to an unbeliever after her execution.

Dating from about 1505-10, this is one of two shutters of an altarpiece.

Key facts

Artist dates
active about 1470 to about 1510
Full title
Saints Peter and Dorothy
Date made
probably 1505-10
Medium and support
Oil on oak
125.7 x 71.1 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Queen Victoria at the Prince Consort's wish, 1863
Inventory number
Location in Gallery