Christ’s Charge to Peter by Raphael was created in 1515 – 1516. The painting is in Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The size of the work is 344 x 534 cm and is made of bodycolour (glue tempera) on paper mounted on canvas.
The scene combines two differents described in the Bible from before and after the Resurrection, when Christ charges Peter with the care of the faithful, symbolised by the sheep, and gives him the keys to the Gates of Heaven. Peter is made the foundation stone of the Church, and Christ’s first vicar on earth. Read more in Victoria and Albert Museum.
About the Artist: Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance Raphael was born in the small but artistically significant central Italian city of Urbino in the Marche region. Most modern historians agree that Raphael at least worked as an assistant to Perugino from around 1500. Raphael led a “nomadic” life, working in various centres in Northern Italy, but spent a good deal of time in Florence, perhaps from about 1504. Although there is traditional reference to a “Florentine period” of about 1504–1508, he was possibly never a continuous resident there… read more