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Saint Peter

Francesco del Cossa

The painting constitutes one of the wing of a large altarpiece executed around 1473 to a commission from the merchant Floriano Griffoni and intended for the family chapel in the Bolognese church of San Petronio.

The polyptych, dedicated to St. Vincent Ferrer, was ordered just a few years after the saint’s canonization (1458) and painted by the artist in collaboration with Ercole de’ Roberti, who executed the small panels of the predella. The work remained in the Griffoni Chapel until 1725-30, when the individual panels were sold separately on the antique market and dispersed: the panels in Brera were acquired by the collector Giuseppe Cavalieri in 1893, at the suggestion of Adolfo Venturi, but was only through the insight of Roberto Longhi that, in 1934, the fragments in Brera, the National Gallery in London and the National Gallery in Washington were identified as parts of single, imposing structure, one of the cornerstones of Cossa’s production and Ferrarese Renaissance painting.

Download hi-res image TITLE Saint Peter
AUTHOR Francesco del Cossa
DATE 1472 -1473
OBJECT TYPE AND MATERIAL Tempera on panel
DIMENSIONS cm 112 x 55
INVENTORY 1182
ROOM XX
Work Not On Display
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