Georges de La Tour (French, 1593-1652)
oil on canvas, Framed - h:140.30 w:119.10 d:7.00 cm (h:55 3/16 w:46 7/8 d:2 3/4 inches)
Unframed - h:114.00 w:95.00 cm (h:44 7/8 w:37 3/8 inches). Gift of the Hanna Fund 1951.454
On the night of the Last Supper, the apostle Peter denied knowing Christ. Alone in humble surroundings, Saint Peter prays for forgiveness with an intensity fueled by the artist's use of light and the unrelenting realism. Unlike other artists inspired by Caravaggio, La Tour worked in relative isolation in northeastern France, and his connection to his Italian counterpart remains unclear.