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  • St Peter

    Artist:
    Van Dyck, Anthony. 1599-1641
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    63,2x51,7 cm

Van Dyck, Anthony. 1599-1641

St Peter

Flanders,

The model for the painting St Peter was an attendant in the Antwerp guild of artists, Abraham Grapheus. His expressive outward appearance frequently attracted the attention of artists including Cornelis de Vos, Martin de Vos and Jacob Jordaens. The work is part of a large group of early paintings by Van Dyck portraying the 12 apostles. In the Book of Matthew (16:19) it is written that Christ said to Peter: "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven". For this reason, according to the traditional iconography dealing with this episode from the Gospel, the apostle was always depicted with a key in his hand. Van Dyck has not departed from this tradition, but he strives to convey the human character of the saint. The artist was drawn to the motif of the apostle?s profound repentance (according to the Gospel, Peter renounced Christ thrice in one night), which he conveyed by the passionate, dynamic manner of his painting, applying paint to the canvas with broad and free strokes.

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St Peter

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Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

63,2x51,7 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage between 1763 and 1773; formerly in the collection of Catherine the Great

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-556

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