Peter's Denial - by Caravaggio

Peter's Denial - by Caravaggio Philosophy World History Visual Arts

Caravaggio painted this work, entitled "The Denial of St. Peter."  It is currently owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The Met's curators tell us more about this oil-on-canvas which measures 94 x 125.4 cm (37 x 49 3/8 inches):

Caravaggio’s late works depend for their dramatic effect on brightly lit areas standing in contrast to a dark background. The picture, a marvel of narrative, was painted in the last months of Caravaggio’s tempestuous life and marks an extreme stage in his revolutionary style.

Peter is shown before a fireplace, when a woman accuses him of being a follower of Christ. The pointing finger of the soldier and two fingers of the woman allude to the three accusations and to Peter’s three denials.

In 1613 the painting belonged to Guido Reni who received it from the engraver Luca Ciamberlano as compensation for debts.

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Media Credits

Image, described above, online courtesy Web Gallery of Art.



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