Bartolomeo Manfredi (or, style of)
Maidservant from ‘Denial of Saint Peter’ (fragment)
Italy (c. 1620)
Oil on Canvas, 98 x 101.5 cm.
National Trust, UK.
After Christ’s arrest, the High Priest Caiphus questioned him in his house. Meanwhile, Peter was standing in the courtyard when a maidservant recognised him. She is pointing, saying 'You were there too, with this man from Nazareth, this Jesus’, whilst soldiers sit nearby. Peter denied knowing Christ three times before the cock crowed, as Christ had foreseen. This is a fragment of a much larger painting that would, no doubt, have included the figure of Peter on the left.