Saint Peter denying Christ, Neapolitan School, 17th Century.

Oil on canvas, 76.5cm by 100.5cm.

The painting was previously attributed to M.A. Caravaggio.

This is written on the stretcher in the distinctive hand of Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793), who had acquired it from a Mr. Comyn in 1788.

Saint Peter’s denial of Christ is recorded in all four gospels of the New Testament.

At the Last Supper, Christ predicted that Peter would deny all knowledge of him three times before cock crow the following morning.

It is a scene, with all its ramifications, which has been a favourite subject for generations of artists.


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