The Apostle Peter

(attributed to) Tiziano Aspetticirca 1600

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Small religious sculptures like these are quite rare, and would not have made for the home but to adorn an altar. These classic-looking, silver-gilt apostles have biblical texts in Latin proclaiming their missions on earth: Peter receives the keys of the kingdom of God, Paul the sword of the Holy Spirit in order to spread God's word. They would be unrecognisable without these inscriptions.


  • Title: The Apostle Peter
  • Creator Lifespan: circa 1559 - 1606
  • Creator Nationality: Italian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Pisa, Italy
  • Creator Birth Place: Padua, Italy
  • Date Created: circa 1600
  • Theme: Christianity
  • Sculptor: (attributed to) Tiziano Aspetti
  • Physical Dimensions: w260 x h530 x d160 cm
  • More Info: Link - Wikipedia on St. Peter - Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen - http://collectie.boijmans.nl/en/disclaimer/
  • Artist Information: The mannerist sculptor Tiziano Aspetti learnt the trade of bronze casting in his family's studio. Between 1580 and 1600, he was one of the most prominent sculptors in Venice. He worked on major commissions in Venice and Padua. Aspetti, however, worked mostly for Giovanni Grimani, known for his collection of antique sculptures. Aspetti restored antique sculptures for Grimani and made many works for his patron's residence. Later, Aspetti moved to Pisa, where he ended up with a nephew of Grimani. The famous marble quarries of Carrara, which were located very near to Pisa, inspired Aspetti to make sculptures in stone.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Acquired with the collection of: D.G. van Beuningen 1958, http://collectie.boijmans.nl/en/disclaimer/
  • External Link: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • Medium: Gilt silver

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