The Denial of Peter

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Carl Heinrich Bloch, 1873

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Carl Heinrich Bloch, 1834-1890

In 1865, Carl Heinrich Bloch was commissioned to create twenty-three paintings depicting the life of Jesus Christ. The works, rendered in oil on copper, took fourteen years to complete. They were installed in the King’s Oratory within the Frederiksborg Castle and still reside there today.

Luke 22:54 – 62

“Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off. And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them. But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him. And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not. And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not. And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean. And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out and wept bitterly.”

The denial and remorse of Peter was an important Counter-Reformation theme during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in connection with the sacrament of repentance.

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Canvas, Paper

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12" x 10", 18" x 15.2"

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