St Peter's Penitence

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Philipe de Champaigne (1602-1674)

St Peter's Penitence

Oil on canvas

1730mm x 1280mm

Philippe de Champaigne was a leading 17th century religious and portrait painter. He studied in Brussels, before moving to Paris in 1621, where he worked alongside Nicholas Poussin on the decoration of a gallery in the Palais de Luxembourg under the direction of Nicolas Duchesne, whose daughter he later married. He shifted from a baroque style inspired by Rubens, to a more austere classical style, but his work retained a Flemish character throughout his career. Most of Philippe de Champaigne’s work has remained in France, although his work is represented in a number of national collections. The Penitence of St Peter was presented to Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum by Alderman Sidney Flavell and depicts the apostle Peter crouching in a rocky landscape. Before him lies a key, the traditional image used to represent his role as keeper of the kingdom of heaven. Above him a cockerel reminds us of his denial of Christ at the time of the crucifixion.


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Donor ref:LEAMG : A92.1928 (64/27956)

Source: Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum

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