Saint Peter as Pope
Lippo Vanni (active 1344-1376)
Tempera on panel, integral frame with a gabled top
Width: 27.6 cm ( panel ); Height: 64.7 cm (integral frame, gabled top) ( panel );
Gambier-Parry, Mark; bequest; 1966
About this work
Peter wears a mitre and richly jewelled ecclesiastical vestments. This refers to his traditional identification as Bishop of Rome and the first Pope. The two keys, inscribed ‘Authority’ and (in reverse) ‘Discretion’, are the symbolic keys to heaven. A saint, probably an Evangelist, appears in the circular medallion above. The delicately painted flesh and the fine decorative details show the refinement of Sienese fourteenth-century painting.
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