Initial P with the Martyrdom of Saint Peter Martyr
second half 13th century
Made in Bologna, Italy
Tempera and ink on parchment
3 1/8 x 2 13/16 in. (7.9 x 7.1 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Gift of Bashford Dean, 1923
Not on view
Saint Peter Martyr, a hero of the Dominican order who was murdered by heretics in 1253, was named a saint within two weeks! When the Dominicans established their liturgy three years later, the feast of Saint Peter Martyr was an integral part of it.
Bashford Dean, Riverdale, New York (until 1923)
Boehm, Barbara Drake. "Choirs of Angels: Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300-1500." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 66, no. 3 (Winter 2009). p. 22, fig. 23, p. 22, fig. 23.