Saint Peter and Saint Paul

The two finely painted saints are depicted full length and in three quarter profile. Saint Peter to the left side, holds a golden double key which is tied together with a fine red thread. Saint Paul to the right, holds a large sword diagonally across his chest. The figures for the most part reproduce late Gothic models of Italian painting, while parts that follow the Byzantine stylistic tradition are also evident. This small panel can best be compared with the right wing of a recently reconstructed triptych from Mount Athos and a large icon with Christ Enthroned flanked by Saints Peter and Paul in the Museo Nazionale di San Matteo in Siena. These three panels display the same mixture of Byzantine and Italian elements that characterise the work of Nikolaos Tzafouris, who was active in the last quarter of the 15th century.

Gallery Nikolaos Tzafouris (1455-1501)
Saint Peter and Saint Paul
Tempera and gold leaf on panel
15.5 by 12.5 cm.
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