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The Martyrdom of Saint Peter of Verona Alessandro Bonvicino detto Moretto (1490-1554)

The Martyrdom of Saint Peter of Verona

Alessandro Bonvicino detto Moretto (1490-1554)

  • TITLE

    : The Martyrdom of Saint Peter of Verona
  • AUTHOR

    : Alessandro Bonvicino detto Moretto (1490-1554)
  • DATE

    : c. 1533 - 1534
  • TYPE

    : Painting
  • TECNIQUE

    : Oil on canvas
  • DIMENSIONS

    : 310 × 163 cm
  • SUBJECT

    : Sacred art
  • SCUOLA PITTORICA

    : 16th century painting
  • ROOM

    : 12

A Dominican friar of the convent of Sant’Eustorgio in Milan, Peter of Verona was an Inquisitor and preacher against the heresy of the Cathars: in 1252, together with a confrère, he was killed by a heretic in the woods between Seveso and Barlassina, struck on the head by a great cleaver. Moretto’s painting shows the scene of his martyrdom: the Saint, in the foreground, already struck on the head, is writing the word credo with his own blood on the ground, while in the middle ground his co-brother attempts to escape the assassin’s attack. In the upper part of the altarpiece, three angels hold a number of iconographic symbols that refer to the Saint: the palm and crown to indicate the victory of martyrdom, and the lily, which alludes to the virtue of chastity.

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  • TITLE

    The Martyrdom of Saint Peter of Verona
  • AUTHOR

    Alessandro Bonvicino detto Moretto (1490-1554)
  • DATE

    c. 1533 - 1534
  • TYPE

    Painting
  • TECNIQUE

    Oil on canvas
  • DIMENSIONS

    310 × 163 cm
  • SUBJECT

    Sacred art
  • SCUOLA PITTORICA

    16th century painting
  • ROOM

    12

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