Romae ex Chalcographia jam de Rubeis, nunc R.C.A. apud Pedem Marmoreum
Etching, 520 x 325mm (20˝ x 12˝"). Small margins left and right only, horizontal crease through centre, small nicks and tears to edges, a few small holes, general paper tone, bit dusty.
St. Peter holding the key to the kingdom of heaven, as promised to him (Matthew 16:18-19). Plate one from a series of 'Statue dei Dodici Apostoli in S. Giovanni in Laterano'. As part of the reconstruction of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, twelve niches were created under the direction of the architect Francesco Borromini. However, these remained empty until the early eighteenth century, when Pope Clement XI sponsored a competition to select designs for sculptures of the twelve apostles. This statue of St. Peter was by the French sculptor Paul-Étienne Monnot (1657-1733).
Provenance: once owned by Thomas Meggitt of Hull, painter (1770-c.1859)
[Ref: 23088] £160.00