Saint Peter (El Greco)

Saint Peter is a 1608 oil on canvas painting produced by El Greco in Toledo towards the end of his life. It is now in the Monasterio del Escorial near Madrid.

Saint Peter
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ArtistEl Greco
Mediumoil on canvas
Dimensions207 cm × 105 cm (81 in × 41 in)
LocationMonasterio del Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid).

It shows the apostle standing atop a mountain holding a set of keys, referring to Christ's commission to Peter as "the rock upon which I will build my church. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 16: 18-19). The heavy drapery and the disproportion between the head and the body are typical of the artist.


  • (in Spanish) ÁLVAREZ LOPERA, José, El Greco, Madrid, Arlanza, 2005, Biblioteca «Descubrir el Arte», (colección «Grandes maestros»). ISBN 84-9550-344-1.
  • (in Spanish) SCHOLZ-HÄNSEL, Michael, El Greco, Colonia, Taschen, 2003. ISBN 978-3-8228-3173-1.

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