(b. 1450, Paredes de Nava, d. 1504, Ávila)

The Tomb of Saint Peter Martyr

c. 1495
Oil on wood, 131 x 85 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

The panting belongs to a series of nine panels commissioned by High Inquisitor Torquemada for the St Thomas Church in Ávila. The painting shows Italian, mainly Florentine influence.

St Peter Martyr was a Dominican monk and inquisitor in 13th century Verona who battled mercilessly the heretics. His tomb was the scene of a number of miracles and he was canonized in 1552. His cult in Spain became strong in the beginnning of the 16th century.