El Greco 1541 – 1614

The Repentant St. Peter

oil on canvas (94 × 75 cm) — c. 1604 Museum Phillips Collection, Washington DC

El Greco biography

This work is linked to Luke 22:62

Peter, who can be recognized by the keys, realizes he has denied his master three times. He joins his hands in prayer, eyes looking to heaven.

El Greco made several portraits of St. Peter. He often showed the apostle with a white beard and yellow robe, just like in this painting.

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