Oil on canvas.
72.5cm by 56cm.
Guido Reni was born in Bologna in 1575 and died there in 1642. He was apprenticed to the Flemish painter Denis Calvaert when he was 10, and later influenced and inspired by, the naturalism of the Bolognese family of artists, the Caracci, and by the frescoes of Raphael and the sculptures of the Ancient Greeks. He became one of the most famous and sought after painters in Europe, with studios in Bologna and Rome.
The painting records the anguish of St. Peter, as he repents having three times denied that he knew Christ, on the night of Christ’s arrest by the Roman soldiers.