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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Sculpture 1300-1600, Room 26

St. Peter

Figure
16th century (made)
Place Of Origin

Seated figure of St. Peter, wearing a cope and holding keys in his right hand and an open bible in his left hand. He was the leader of the apostles. He was called Simon, a brother of St Andrew, who introduced him to Christ. He became the first bishop of Rome. From early times Peter was invoked as a universal saint, and as the doorkeeper of heaven, hence the keys.
This figure was originally brightly painted. It would probably have been set in a church, on a console or ledge on one of the nave columns, with candles burning before it.


object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Carved oak
Brief Description
Figure, oak, St. Peter, Netherlandish, 16th century
Physical Description
Oak figure, seated figure of St. Peter, wearing a cope and holding keys in his right hand and an open bible in his left hand.
Dimensions
  • Width: 38cm
  • Depth: 19cm
  • Height: 95cm
Gallery Label
St Peter About 1510–20 Medieval Christians felt a deep affinity for the saints. They saw them as heavenly helpers, pleading with God to be merciful towards mankind. One of the most popular saints was St Peter, the first Pope. He was often shown holding the keys to Heaven and wearing his papal tiara. This figure was originally brightly painted. It would probably have been set in a church, on a console or ledge on one of the nave columns, with candles burning before it. Southern Netherlands Oak Given by Miss Joan Hurst through the Art Fund Museum no. A.4-2002(26/11/2010)
Credit line
Given by Joan Hurst through Art Fund
Object history
Given by Miss Joan Hurst through the Art Fund.



Historical significance: St Peter was one of the most popular saints and the first Pope. He was often shown holding the keys to heaven and wearing his papal tiara.
Historical context
This figure would probably have been set in a church, on a console or ledge on one of the nave column, with candles burning before it.
Subject depicted
Summary
Seated figure of St. Peter, wearing a cope and holding keys in his right hand and an open bible in his left hand. He was the leader of the apostles. He was called Simon, a brother of St Andrew, who introduced him to Christ. He became the first bishop of Rome. From early times Peter was invoked as a universal saint, and as the doorkeeper of heaven, hence the keys.

This figure was originally brightly painted. It would probably have been set in a church, on a console or ledge on one of the nave columns, with candles burning before it.
Bibliographic Reference
Williamson, Paul, ‘Recent Acquisitions (2000-06) of sculpture at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London’, in: The Burlington Magazine, CXLVIII, December, 2006, p. 891, fig X
Collection
Accession Number
A.4-2002

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record createdSeptember 12, 2002
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