Christ Presenting the Keys to Saint Peter

Date: ca. 1315–20

Geography: Made in Cologne, Germany

Culture: German

Medium: Pot-metal glass, vitreous paint, and lead

Dimensions: Overall: 28 1/4 x 13 3/4 in. (71.8 x 34.9 cm)

Classification: Glass-Stained

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1929

Accession Number: 29.55.1


This panel, with its pair (acc. no. 29.55.2), illustrates the belief that the pope is the representative of Christ on earth. Under separate architectural baldachins, the apostle Peter, wearing the papal tiara, kneels before Christ, who, in a literal representation of a Gospel text (Matthew 16:18), is the key to the Kingdom of Heaven.