St. Peter Martyr

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Della Robbia Workshop
St. Peter Martyr , Death of St. Peter Martyr
This glazed terracotta statue of St. Peter Martyr is in a niche, richly ornamented with glazed terracotta tiles and a blue shell-head in the semi-dome and framed by white pilasters as well as colourful garlands, and embedded into the the side wall of the nave of San Domenico in Arezzo. The richly colourful classicism of the architectural forms of the niche suggest an attempt to revive the glories of antiquity in its fabled material splendour. As in many Della Robbia works in the early Cinquecento, the flesh of the figure is not glazed but cold painted, in order to create a more realistic sense of skin. Giancarlo Gentilini attributes the scene of St. Peter Martyr's violent death in the predella to Girolamo della Robbia and notes that it closely mirrors a painting by Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio (in the Bigallo, Florence). Photograph(s) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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