St. Peter Weeping Before the Virgin Mary – Guercino

In this artwork, Guercino has realistically imagined Saint Peter's contrition displayed before Our Lady, which tradition supposes must have occurred. Peter weeps, with bowed head before the Blessed Mother, for having betrayed Jesus. The Holy Virgin sits with folded hands, her own eyes filled with tears, looking compassionately at the Apostle, however, not comforting him, but letting him profit from contrition.