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St. Peter

ca. 1500-1510
33 1/16 x 22 7/16 x 6 5/16 in. (84 x 57 x 16.1 cm)

Unknown, German
Master of the Tiffen Altarpiece or Studio

German; made in Carinthia (now Austria)

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Wood
Credit Line: Bertha Buswell Bequest
Accession Number: 1955.80
Location: Currently on view
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Collection: Buswell-Hochstetter Collection

As the first historical bishop of the Church, Saint Peter is often represented as a figure of ecclesiastical authority. Here, he wears the full regalia of a bishop, including tiara, alb, and stole. He sits on a simple horizontal throne with a book, most likely the Gospels, open in his lap. In his left hand he holds a key, his standard attribute or identifying characteristic. He raises his right hand in the traditional sign of blessing.

Despite the high relief of the carving, the sculpture itself is extremely shallow. It was probably the center part of a medium-sized altarpiece with painted or carved wings showing scenes from Saint Peter’s life.

[Gallery label text, June 2013]

Willibald Duschnitz (1884-1976), Vienna; purchased from him by Bertha Hochstetter Buswell (Mrs. Henry Buswell), Buffalo, NY; her bequest to the Gallery, 1941; lifetime interest held by her brother, Ralph Hochstetter, Buffalo, NY, until his death in 1955, when it passed to the Gallery

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