The Martyrdom of Saint Peter from Veron

Giovanni Battista MoroniBetween 1555 and 1560

Sforzesco Castle

Sforzesco Castle
Milan, Italy

Giovan Battista Moroni was commissioned to paint the
altarpiece for the Dominican nuns of the Matris Domini monastery in Bergamo. The painter here
faithfully adheres to the long iconographic tradition of the martyrdom of Saint
Peter of Verona
, a Dominican sent by Innocent IV to convert the Cathars of
Lombardy and who was assassinated in 1252 by a group of heretics while crossing
Barlassina wood near Como. His martyrdom is meticulously recounted and the painting
depicts the moment when the saint, about to be struck, recites the


  • Title: The Martyrdom of Saint Peter from Veron
  • Creator: Giovan Battista Moroni
  • Date Created: Between 1555 and 1560
  • Location: Castello Sforzesco, Pinacoteca, Milan
  • Physical Dimensions: 212 x 82 cm
  • Provenance: Gift from the Cereda family, 1901
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Comune di Milano - Civiche Raccolte Artistiche, Castello Sforzesco, Milano
  • External Link: https://pinacoteca.milanocastello.it/
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Art Genre: Sacred art
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Original title: Martirio di san Pietro da Verona
  • Artist Nationality: Italian
  • Artist Death Place: Bergamo
  • Artist Death Date: 1578
  • Artist Birth Place: Albina, Bergamo
  • Artist Birth Date: 1520 approx.

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