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Manuscript Leaf with the Martyrdom of Saint Peter Martyr in an Initial P, from a Gradual

ca. 1270–80
Made in probably Naples, Italy
South Italian
Tempera and ink on parchment
18 11/16 x 13 3/16 in. (47.5 x 33.5 cm)
Mat: 28 × 22 in. (71.1 × 55.9 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald R. Atkins, James Marrow, Elaine Rosenberg, and R. R. Atkins Foundation Gifts, 2005
Accession Number:
Not on view
Saint Peter Martyr was killed outdoors by heretics after delivering an Easter sermon denouncing them. To represent his feast, however, this artist relied on the formula that had already been widely adopted for Saint Thomas Becket, murdered by knights of Henry II inside Canterbury Cathedral.
John F. Murray, Florence (until 1925); Robert Lehman, New York (in 1925); Robin Lehman (American), New York (until 2005); [ Dr. Jörn Günther Antiquariat(sold 2005)]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Choirs of Angels: Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300-1500," November 25, 2008–April 12, 2009.

Palladino, Pia. Treasures of a Lost Art: Italian Manuscript Painting in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003. no. 3d, pp. 10-12.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 2005-2006." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 64, no. 2 (Fall 2006). p. 25.

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. 24.

Kennedy, Trinita, ed. Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy. Nashville: Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 2014. no. 9, pp. 108-109.

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