Workshop of Domenikos Theotokopoulos, called El Greco (Candia 1541-1614 Toledo) The Tears of Saint Peter

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Lot 76
Workshop of Domenikos Theotokopoulos, called El Greco
(Candia 1541-1614 Toledo)
The Tears of Saint Peter

Sold for £ 26,250 (US$ 33,760) inc. premium
Workshop of Domenikos Theotokopoulos, called El Greco (Candia 1541-1614 Toledo)
The Tears of Saint Peter
bears inventory no. '150' (lower right)
oil on canvas
104.5 x 82.2cm (41 1/8 x 32 3/8in).

Footnotes

  • The present composition exists in at least six autograph variants by El Greco painted, during the course of his career, several of which gave rise to studio copies. The former include the earliest version which is in the Bowes Museum (on canvas, 109 x 90.3 cm.), while in the composition of the background detail on the left-hand side, the present work comes closer to El Greco's version which is in the San Diego Museum of Art (on canvas, 125.1 x 107.6 cm.). The success of the subject was due to its association with the Sacrament of Penance (or Confession) which was crucial in the Counter-Reformation's fight against Protestantism at this time. Saint Peter is shown weeping tears of repentance after betraying Christ and several contemporary texts emphasised the importance of tears in devotional practice. On the left the Magdalen can be seen leaving the empty tomb.
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