The Crucifixion of Saint Peter

Antolínez, José1660

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery
London, United Kingdom

José Antolínez (1635-1675) was a Spanish painter known for his theatrical religious scenes. Here he shows Saint Peter being crucified on the orders of emperor Nero, referred to by the guard on horseback who holds the imperial banner. Peter asked to be crucified head-down, deeming himself unworthy to suffer in the same manner as Christ. Antolinez sets the scene in a developed landscape, teemed with onlookers.


  • Title: The Crucifixion of Saint Peter
  • Creator Lifespan: 1635 - 1675
  • Date: 1660
  • Physical Dimensions: w838 x h1105 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Notes: Passavant remarks that this is 'a sketch to his large picture of the Martyrdom of St. Peter, now in possession of Mr. Miles of Leigh Court.'
  • Work Nationality: Spanish
  • Support: Canvas
  • Provenance: London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Artist: Antolínez, José
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)

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