VALENTIN DE BOULOGNE
(b. 1591, Coulommier-en-Brie, d. 1632, Roma)
Denial of Saint Peter161517
Oil on canvas, 172 x 241 cm
Fondazione di Studi di Storia dell'Arte Roberto Longhi, Florence
While trying, inconspicuously, to warm his hands, the apostle Peter is recognized as a disciple of Christ. The assorted company of soldiers take noticein varying degrees. Peter's fate has changed as though with the throw of dice, depicted mid-air! The sculpted relief is based on Roman terracotta plaques, casts of which were collected and used as artists props.
This painting is clearly inspired by Ribera's Denial of Saint Peter.