(b. 1541, Candia, d. 1614, Toledo)

The Repentant Peter

c. 1600
Oil on canvas, 94 x 75 cm
Phillips Collection, Washington

One of El Greco's paintings representing saints. There is some similarity with the earlier painting depicting the Penitent Saint Mary Magdalen.

St Peter appears a great number of times in El Greco's oeuvre and he is depicted with remarkable consistency. The saint is always shown with white hair and beard, and he often wears his yellow cloak over a blue tunic.