This week for our Artwork of the Week (formerly Wordless Wednesday), I decided to do a little digging into the artwork of one of my favorite artists, Francisco Goya. The usual suspects for Goya are The Third of May, Saturn Devouring His Son, and The Disasters of War, but I wanted to find something I had never seen before.
Enter The Repentant Saint Peter.
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Isn’t it stunning? The emotion, the painterly quality, plus the Baroque-Rembrandtyness (yes, that is a new word, Rembrandtyness) of it really pulled me in. It’s gritty and emotional–just like I like my Goyas.
On the Phillips Collection website, they called this “a stepping stone between the Old Masters and the great Moderns,” and you can really see that in this painting.
Also, when doing some research into this painting, I found that the Phillips Collection has two St. Peter paintings which they hilariously call “Pete” and “RePete.” Love it.
Take a look at this El Greco painting of St. Peter. This would be a great compare/contrast activity with students.