The Death of Saint Peter Martyr

Saint Peter Martyr was a Dominican friar and an Inquisitor. In 1252 he was murdered in a wood by heretics. He accepts his murder (foreground) for the cause of Christ (angels appear above his head with a martyr's palm). His colleague (right) was also attacked and wounded but escaped.

This was once famous as a painting by Giorgione but is clearly from a later period. The subject was famous in Venice from its treatment by Titian in an altarpiece for SS. Giovanni e Paolo.

Key facts

Artist dates
active about 1525 - 50
Full title
The Death of Saint Peter Martyr
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
101.5 x 144.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831
Inventory number
Location in Gallery