Christ between Saints Paul and Peter

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This gold-ground panel painting was most likely painted for a church in the artist's hometown of Siena, probably around the year 1320. The panel has a tooled gold background and shows three half-length figures each set below an individual rounded archway. Lorenzetti's works are remarkable for the emotional connection between his figures, and the viewer. Here, Christ and Saints are linked in silent conversation through their gestures and expressive glances. Christ is central and raises his hand in blessing. His robes are decorated with fine gilding. Christ's head is frontal but his gaze is directed to his proper right, towards Saint Paul. Saints Peter (right) and Paul (left) face slightly inwards towards Christ and bear their usual attributes: a bunch of keys and a sword, respectively.

Ferens Art Gallery

Kingston upon Hull


Christ between Saints Paul and Peter




tempera & gilding on panel


H 30.5 x W 69.5 cm

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acquired with the assistance of the Ferens Endowment Fund, the John Bradshaw Bequest, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund, The Wolfson Foundation and The National Gallery, 2013

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