Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669

St Peter

oil on canvas (82 × 62 cm) — 6132 Museum Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn biography

This work is linked to 1 Peter 1:1

A portrait of St Peter. He was among the first of Christ's disciples and became the first pope.

Only Peter's face and left hand were painted with light colours, making them seemingly come out from the darkness.

In the left hand Peter holds a key, the attribute often used in art to identify him. It is the key to the kingdom in heaven that Jesus gave him.

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