St. Peter

by Isabella Childs January 02, 2021

old disciple contemplating

    In this painting by Batoni, Saint Peter sits grieving over his sin.


    The apostle is depicted as an old man with pale skin, curly white hair, and a beard. He wears a blue robe and a yellow cloak. Peter supports his head with his left hand, his left elbow resting on the table beside him. He gazes upwards and to his right, with a sorrowful expression on his face. A few tears are on his cheeks. Peter places his right hand on a leather-bound book on the table beside him. A large silver key has been placed atop the book such that Peter’s hand covers it. A large gold key, which is attached to the book by a leather thong, lies on the table. 


    The background of the painting is black. A rooster’s head is visible beside St. Peter on the right side of the painting’s background.

    Download this digitally-restored image here.




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