Saturday, May 20, 2017

Christ's Charge to Peter

Christ's Charge to Peter
Raphael 1483 – 1520
bodycolour on paper on canvas (340 × 530 cm) — 1515-1516

John 21:17 - He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

Raphael here combines the two New Testament passages on which the catholic church bases its authority. In Matthew 16:18-19 Peter is given the keys to the kingdom of heaven. In John 21:15-17 Jesus orders Peter three times to feed the sheep - making it obvious that he actually charges Peter to take care of the believers.

The work is also known as The Handing-over the Keys.

Pope Leo X commissioned Raphael for this tapestry design. The tapestry was made in the workshop of the weaver Pieter van Aelst. It now is in the Vatican Museums. The cartons (sheets of paper) are in the British Royal Collection.
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