Guido Reni (1575 - 1642)

Lot 1137: GUIDO RENI, THE PENITENT SAINT PETER, oil on canvas, 77.5 x 63 cm


November 17, 2012
Cologne, Germany

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Description: Verso a collector´s seal (according to Stephen D. Pepper possibly from a member of the Bolognese family of the Sampieri).

The present painting depicts the penitent Saint Peter with his hands clasped and gaze raised in repentance of his betrayal of Christ. The Saint wears a blue robe and ochre mantel. The drapery flows from his right shoulder and across his left forearm, giving the half-length figure of Saint Peter a monumental and dynamic appearance. D. Stephen Peppter dates the present painting to between 1625 and 1628 and thus the early period of the artist's career, entitled by Pepper as his "first manner" and based on "firm modeling, strong relief effects achieved through chiaroscuro and clear contours of the figures". Two further versions of this composition exist, one of which is in the Hermitage, Saint Petersburg, with the same depiction of Peter and of a very similar size. Pepper dated these two versions to the 1630s and thus later than the present painting. There exists also an engraving of a version that used to be in the collection of the Marchesi Gerini, Florence, in the 18th century.
Dimensions: 77.5 x 63 cm
Artist or Maker: GUIDO RENI
Medium: oil on canvas
Provenance: Private collection, Spain.
Notes: Certificate
D. Stephen Pepper, Rome (without date)
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