The Assassination of Saint Peter Martyr

This panel depicts the attack on two Dominican friars near Milan in 1252, in which Peter Martyr was murdered. The woodsmen in the background echo the violence with which the saint was killed. A member of Bellini’s workshop based the outlines of the four central figures on Bellini’s painting of the same subject.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1435 - 1516
Full title
The Assassination of Saint Peter Martyr
Date made
about 1509
Medium and support
Oil on wood
68.1 × 100 cm
Acquisition credit
On loan from The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Inventory number
Location in Gallery