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Assassination of Saint Peter Martyr
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Assassination of Saint Peter Martyr

1509

Workshop of Giovanni Bellini (c.1430-1516)

Oil on panel

Height: 123.3 cm [unchecked] ( frame ); Depth: 14 cm [unchecked] ( frame ); Width: 155 cm [unchecked] ( frame ); Width: 100 cm ( panel ); Height: 68.1 cm ( panel );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Lee of Fareham, Arthur Hamilton (1st Viscount); bequest; 1947
P.1947.LF.29

About this work
This picture depicts the martyrdom of Peter, a Dominican Friar, on the road to Milan in 1252. As the assassin’s axe sliced his head, Peter reasserted his faith, writing ‘Credo’ (‘I believe’) in his blood. The woodcutters in the background symbolise the brutal cutting-off of Peter’s life. Even the trees bleed at his death.

The basic composition and the four central figures derive from another painting of the same theme by Bellini (National Gallery, London) (Permanent collection label)



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