Peter's Denial.
 De Coster, Adam, approximately 1586-1643

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Title:Peter's Denial
Notes:Adam de Coster was a Flemish painter known for his tendency to paint scenes with strong contrasts between light and dark. His influences include such painters as Caravaggio and Honthorst. Much of his work displays half-length figures with candlelight to illuminate their features.

We see this exhibited in Peter’s Denial where one woman holds a candle as two men gather around Peter to accuse him of association with Jesus. Their faces are inquisitive and accusatory. One of the men, a soldier, has already grabbed Peter’s arm and appears ready to arrest him. Peter is in full view to the right of center, his face expressing distress and an attempt at innocence as he denies Christ. This painting invokes in the viewer sympathy for Peter as he fears for his own life in the face of the men holding weapons ready to seize him for guilt-by-association.

Date:ca. 1607-1643
Artist:De Coster, Adam, approximately 1586-1643
Building:Private Collection

Scripture:Matthew 26:14-27:66
Mark 14:1-15:47
Luke 22:14-23:56
John 18:1-19:42
Person as Subject:Peter, the Apostle (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:APass
General Subject:Passion of Jesus Christ: Denial of Peter

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Attribution:De Coster, Adam, approximately 1586-1643. Peter's Denial, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved July 16, 2024]. Original source:
Record Number:56127 Last Updated: 2022-04-18 19:21:23 Record Created: 2016-02-02 14:45:45
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition