Crucifixion of Saint Peter

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  • Crucifixion of Saint Peter
  • Crocifissione di San Pietro
  • View: Overall view without frame

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Title

Crucifixion of Saint Peter
Crocifissione di San Pietro
View: Overall view without frame

Subject

New Testament; saints; Paul, the Apostle, Saint; tenebrist; tennebrism

Description

The Crucifixion of St Peter (1601) and the Conversion of St Paul (1601) in the Cerasi Chapel of S Maria del Popolo show an even greater economy of dramatic means and a more insistent foregrounding of the figures. The particular pattern of the chiaroscuro and quality of light in both works suggest that Caravaggio used a hanging lamp for illumination, as the main figures are bathed in a centralized pool of light, which has the effect of projecting them forward on to the viewer’s attention. It goes hand in hand with a mastery of dramatic moment, as Caravaggio compactly directed all his resources towards involving the viewer in the drama: St Peter turns on his cross to address the crowd/onlooker.

Creator

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Italian painter, 1571-1610)

Source

Description: Grove Art Online; http://www.oxfordartonline.com/

Date

1601 (creation)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

publicDomain

Relation

part of Cerasi Chapel

Format

oil on canvas
230 cm (height) x 175 cm (width)

Type

painting (visual work)

Identifier

cara041x.jpg

Coverage

Santa Maria del Popolo (Rome, Lazio, Italy); Piazza del Popolo
Baroque

Files

Citation

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Italian painter, 1571-1610), “Crucifixion of Saint Peter,” Institute Images Online, accessed September 21, 2018, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2811.

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