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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, (1571  1610)  The Denial of Saint Peter  Oil on canvas, c. 1610  94 cm × 125 cm (37 in × 49 in)  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New york City, United States
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Title: The Denial of Saint Peter
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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, (1571 1610)
The Denial of Saint Peter
Oil on canvas, c. 1610
94 cm × 125 cm (37 in × 49 in)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New york City, United States

The Denial of Saint Peter (La Negazione di Pietro) is a painting finished around 1610 by the Italian painter Caravaggio. It is housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

After the artist's many attempts to intensify the dynamics of a scene from the right, this composition offers a dramatic sequence of figures from the left. On a very dark night with deep shadows and without any indication of artificial light, a soldier wearing a helmet and armor appears from the left. He is turning his face so far round to the maid that it gets swallowed up by the darkness. The maid herself, her face obscured by the soldier's shadow, is peering at the soldier from close quarters. She is pointing a finger on her left hand and a finger on her right hand at St Peter. The soldier is also pointing a finger at him. These three fingers are symbolic of St Peter's three denials of Christ. St Peter is holding both hands against his chest in a gesture of confirmation. For the apostle, Caravaggio has chosen a model who would be ideal for an old satyr or for Socrates. The artist usually introduced heads like this for utioners.
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