GIOTTO di Bondone
(b. 1267, Vespignano, d. 1337, Firenze)
The Stefaneschi Triptych: Martyrdom of Peterc. 1330
Tempera on panel
The picture shows the left panel on the side showing Christ.
Peter has been nailed to the upside-down cross between a pyramid and the so-called Meta Romuli, the symbol of Rome and the Vatican. Soldiers and mourners throng towards the cross, while the saints soul is already departing. Exact observation - the saint s hair hangs downward; sensitivity - a woman tenderly embraces the cross; and the most delicate brushwork the green cloak of the figure with her back to us gleams sumptuously - characterize this composition.