RARE LATE 18TH-EARLY 19TH CENTURY ANTIQUE SAINT PETER, THE DISCIPLE OF CHRIST, W/ROOSTER OLD MASTER OIL ON FINE LINEN CANVAS PAINTING, IN ORIGINAL EUROPEAN GOLD GILT WOOD FRAME, W/PENCIL INSCRIPTION ON BACK WOOD STRETCHER, MOST LIKELY ITALIAN (UNTOUCHED). Late 18th-early 19th century European depictions of Christ and his disciples in oil painting.Jesus said to Peter, Truly I say to you, during this night before the rooster crowing, you will deny me three times... 12 ¼" Height x 10 ½" Width (Frame). With inscription in pencil written at the back of the wood frame that reads.
Ju Nu 3 W H // W. The story of Christ's disciple Peter (Saint Peter) is well-known in the annals of art history and well represented in especially European and Latin American art over the centuries, where Jesus told Peter, that in the middle of the night before the wakening, early morning calls of a rooster, Peter would deny him three times and insist he wasn't with Christ at the Last Supper. This was yet another prophecy or at least a spoken, articulated premonition that Christ uttered in both Judas' and in Peter's presence, with both disciples denying Christ's projection of their upcoming betrayal and denial.A tremendously sensitive, virtuoso, accomplished oil painting. In the work, Peter is viewed as a humbly dressed, white bearded, balding old man, wearing a simple, brown linen tunic with an open soft collar, alluding to his mortal vulnerability and the same death that took Christ that would soon come to menace him as well. He rapturously looks upwards in what is apparent astonishment toward the heavens, with the now visible presence of a rooster, not just over his shoulder but literally on his shoulder, making true Christ's earlier predilection of Peter's refusal to admit he was in fact with Christ at the Last Supper. In the painting, Peter's look is one of affirmation and bewilderment at the same time, where Peter then fully understands Christ's prophecy and his ability, far exceeding that of mortal men, could in fact, predict and forecast future events. Peter came immediately to recognize this as only, definitively and singularly Divine intervention and the now manifested handiwork of God himself, acting through his son Jesus Christ. The rooster sits benignly in the background or what even could be on Peter's right shoulder, making emphatic visually what Christ had predicted correctly of the circumstances surrounding Peter's denial. Done with a warm, rich color palette, the oil paint is masterfully applied and effortlessly creates this rather moving figurative, symbolic painting and visual narrative, that at least for Peter and for many others at that time, sealed the deal as to Christ's Holiness and uncontested Divinity. A wonderful late 18th to early 19th century Old Master and most likely Ita li an figurative oil painting on fine linen. You only have to take one look at the original wooden stretchers to realize just how old this incredible painting really is. Very Good to Excellent original antique condition.
There are no tears, punches, repairs (old or new) paint loss, water damage, ill-informed interventions (poor repairs) foxing, re-varnishing or other frequently occurring maladies that inflict these very old oil paintings on canvas after they've passed through so many hands over the years. Fortunately, the painting is literally untouched and with its old varnish still largely intact. No attempt has been made to remove the now darkened old varnish from the painting's surface.
It remains as it was found and in spectacular, 100%, absolutely untouched antique condition. We'll let the expert painting restoration specialists clean it, if that is what its next custodian wishes. We have chosen at least, to leave it alone and exactly as we found it. Estate fresh and unseen outside of the home for decades and decades. The item "LATE 18TH-EARLY 19TH C ANTIQUE ST PETER WithROOSTER OLD MASTER O/C ORIG GILT FRAME" is in sale since Saturday, March 7, 2020.
This item is in the category "Art\Paintings". The seller is "modsanctuary" and is located in Milford, New Hampshire. This item can be shipped worldwide.