REMBRANDT Harmenszoon van Rijn
(b. 1606, Leiden, d. 1669, Amsterdam)

Apostle Peter in Prison

Oil on panel, 58 x 48 cm
Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Catalogue number: Bredius 607.

Protestants like Rembrandt repudiated the cult of saints. They rejected the idea that any mortal could mediate between God and man. But that did not prevent them from honouring certain fellow humans as more holy than others. In his art, Rembrandt honoured apostles, evangelists, prophets, and especially, Mary the Mother of God.