Hendrick ter Brugghen

The Liberation of Peter

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Hendrick ter Brugghen
The Liberation of Peter

1624 Not on view

Here, Ter Brugghen has painted the biblical story of St Peter’s liberation from prison. The angel is waking him and pointing upwards, as if to say that God has sent him. St Peter looks alarmed and folds his chained hands.

Ter Brugghen created a very powerful painting with strong contrasts between light and dark, and expressive facial expressions. He also showed the two figures very close up. Ter Brugghen had copied this style from the Italian painter Caravaggio, whose work he had seen in Rome.

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Hendrick ter Brugghen
The Liberation of Peter

1624 Not on view

Acquired with the support of the Rembrandt Association, 1963
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General information
Hendrick ter Brugghen (The Hague 1588 - 1629 Utrecht)
The Liberation of Peter
1624
painting
966
Material and technical details
oil
canvas
86.5 x 104.5 cm
Inscriptions
linksboven, bij de schouder van de engel: HTBrugghe[n] / [16]24
HTB ineen

Provenance

Adam Gottlob, Count Moltke, and his heirs, Copenhagen, Amalienborg, before 1756?–1931 (as Guido Reni); Alfred Andersen, Copenhagen, 1931-1954; H. Cramer Gallery, The Hague, 1963; purchased with the support of the Rembrandt Association, 1963