Gerard van Honthorst 1590 – 1656

The Denial of Peter

oil on canvas (150 × 197 cm) — c. 1620 Museum Musée des beaux-arts, Rennes

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This work is linked to Mark 14:66

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Honthorst takes a leaf from Caravaggio's book on how to use light for dramatic effect. The common faces on the figures add to the painting's realism: "Hey you, weren't you with that Galilean?!" 

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