Saint Peter Martyr was a Dominican friar and an Inquisitor. In 1252 he was murdered in a wood by heretics. He accepts his murder (foreground) for the cause of Christ (angels appear above his head with a martyr's palm). His colleague (right) was also attacked and wounded but escaped.

This was once famous as a painting by Giorgione but is clearly from a later period. The subject was famous in Venice from its treatment by Titian in an altarpiece for SS. Giovanni e Paolo.


  • Title: The Death of Saint Peter Martyr
  • Creator: Probably by Bernardino da Asola
  • Date Created: 1540s
  • Physical Dimensions: 101.5 x 144.8 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • School: Italian
  • More Info: Explore the National Gallery’s paintings online
  • Inventory number: NG41
  • Artist Dates: active about 1525 - 50
  • Artist Biography: Master Bernardino is recorded as having collaborated with his father on a pair of double-sided organ doors in April 1526 for S. Michele in Isola, Venice (now in the Museo Correr, Venice). The paintings here are attributed to Bernardino on stylistic grounds. In the past it has been suggested that 'The Garden of Love' was by his father, Giovanni da Asola, who died in 1531.
  • Acquisition Credit: Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more


Google apps