TIZIANO Vecellio
(b. 1490, Pieve di Cadore, d. 1576, Venezia)

The Death of St Peter Martyr

Museo Correr, Venice

The engraving shows Titian's altarpiece, destroyed by fire, formerly in Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice. The painting, which many of his contemporaries considered to be Titian's finest work, was destroyed on 16 August 1867 by a fire caused by repair work. At its original location there is now a copy by Niccolò Cassana (1659-1713). It depicts the martyrdom of St Peter Martyr (1203-1252), a Dominican and inquisitor who was beaten to death on the road between Milan and Como because of his merciless attitude to those accused of heresy.