8 Jun 2009
GREEK (IONIAN ISLANDS), ATTRIBUTED TO THEODOROS POULAKIS, XVII CENTURY
26.2 by 21.3 cm.
According to the Gospels, during the Last Supper Christ told Peter that he would deny Him three times before the cock crowed twice. This icon visualises the moment that followed the fulfillment of the above prediction; the saint in sorrow, praying as he turns towards the open heavens, his attribute, the keys of heaven, hanging on his wrist, his hands joined on his chest, the open Gospels next to him narrates the depicted event, a brick wall in the background, to the left is the cock and to the background a tree; St. Peter is dressed in a blue tunic with white collar a red belt and orange-red himation.
The icon can confidently be attributed to the painter Theodoros Poulakis on the basis of a comparison with an icon sold at Sotheby's in 1989 (see illustration). The latter icon shows scenes from the Passion of Christ, includes a figure of St. Peter which closely resembles the standalone image of the Apostle of this lot.
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