The Burial of St. Peter

The Burial of St. Peter
The Burial of St. Peter
Date:
1460–1462
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Wool, Silk; Tapestry Weave
Dimensions:
248.9 x 124.5 cm (98 x 49 in.)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Europe
Culture/People:
Franco-Flemish
Provenance:

Abbe Aux Costeaux, before 1787 (bequeathed to his servant)
M. Peaucelle of Beauvais, 1854 (acquired from the servant's daughter)
Bacri collection, Paris, 1924
Crocker collection, before 1959
Margaret Brokaw Adams

Accession Number:
1992.69.1
Acquisition Date:
1992-06-11
Credit Line:

Bequest of Marguerite Brokaw Adams

Exhibition History:

Gallery Rotation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, 11/95 - 8/97
Gallery Rotation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, 5/06 - 5/07

From The Life of Saint Peter series. The burial of Saint Peter takes place outside the crenellated walls of Rome, beyond which one glimpses a medieval city, with a church, a public building flying a banner, and a domed tower with windows shielded against the sun by canvas awnings. The body of the martyred saint, square-bearded and tonsured according to tradition, lies on the ground, forming a long diagonal between his two companions. One of the disciples draws the edge of the shroud around Peter's head, which rests on a jeweled halo; the other adjusts the saint's legs, which are wound with strips of cloth. The faces of the disciples are solemn with grief; one hand is raised in blessing or companion. The disciple kneeling in the foreground wears a conical hat and a fur-trimmed tunic of a deep red figured fabric, drawn in at the waist by a gold-studded blue belt. A heavy purse hangs from the belt, and a long knife with a smaller knife in the scabbard. His companion is dressed in a loose violet garment under a blue, short-sleeved robe trimmed at the collar and armholes with a band of writing. His hat has a deep turned-back cuff with dots and high crown ending in a tassel. From Anna Gray Bennett, "Five Centuries of Tapestry: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco" (San Francisco: Chronicle Books; The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1976; repr. 1992): pp. 21 - 22.

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