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Saints Peter and Andrew

Panel from an altarpiece; companion panels are in the Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn (GK141); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (07.646); Heinz Kisters Collection, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland; (formerly) the Kulturhistorisches Museum, Magdeburg (GK506, destroyed); and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven (2007.208.1, 2007.208.2).

Master of the Holy Kinship, German (active Cologne), active c. 1470/80 - c. 1515

Made in Germany, Europe

c. 1500

Oil on panel

18 5/8 x 12 5/8 inches (47.3 x 32.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 318, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 745

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Peter holds the keys to the kingdom of heaven; Andrew carries the X-shaped cross of his martyrdom. This composition belongs to a group of seven individual panels that together probably formed the predella, or base, of a lost altarpiece. Before it was dismantled, the predella would have displayed all twelve apostles flanking a scene of Christ and the Virgin Mary.

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