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Saint Peter as Pope

Circa 1365

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 );

Acquisition
Gambier-Parry, Mark; bequest; 1966
P.1966.GP.469

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. (Permanent collection label)



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