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Caravaggio: The Denial of Saint Peter

Caravaggio 1573 – 1610

The Denial of Saint Peter

oil on canvas (94 × 125 cm) — c. 1610 Museum Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Caravaggio biography

This work is linked to Matthew 26:69

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As Jesus had predicted, Peter denies knowing him three times. This is why Caravaggio has three fingers pointing at Peter: the maid with both hands, the soldier with one finger. Peter's gesture expresses innocence but his face tells that he realizes what he has done.

This is one of Caravaggio's last paintings.

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Title: Caravaggio: The Denial of Saint Peter
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First published: 27 September 2005
Last modified: 12 April 2008