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The Tears of Saint Peter

  • «The Tears of Saint Peter». Detail © Ministerio de Cultura

    «The Tears of Saint Peter». Detail © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  • «The Tears of Saint Peter». Detail © Ministerio de Cultura

    «The Tears of Saint Peter». Detail © Ministerio de Cultura

  • «The Tears of Saint Peter». Detail © Ministerio de Cultura

    «The Tears of Saint Peter». Detail © Ministerio de Cultura

  • «The Tears of Saint Peter». Detail © Ministerio de Cultura

    «The Tears of Saint Peter». Detail © Ministerio de Cultura

  

Category

Painting

Artist

El Greco

Cultural background

Mannerism

Original title

Las lágrimas de San Pedro
El Greco Museum
Toledo
Toledo, Castile-La Mancha
Toledo

El Greco shows the Saint’s humanity in this painting. The correct anatomy, the care in the composition and the drawing date to the work to the artist’s early period in Toledo.

Saint Peter, whose eyes well with tears due to his guilt in denying Christ during the Passion, turns to heaven to beg for divine forgiveness. Other versions of the same topic are preserved with experts considering them less successful in Toledo Cathedral and the Tavera Hospital.

The topic of the tears of Saint Peter would be used by theologians and moralists in the Counter-Reformation as a way to approach the faithful, drawing parallels between the saint’s weakness and that of mortal men through the offence committed. The painting was destined for private chapels, private clients within the framework of “devotion paintings”, fostering an emotional rapprochement between the faithful and the image.
 

Details of the work

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