33 1/16 x 22 7/16 x 6 5/16 in. (84 x 57 x 16.1 cm)
Master of the Tiffen Altarpiece or Studio
Medium and Support:
Bertha Buswell Bequest
Location: Currently on view
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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This object has the following bibliographic references:
Article Scope: Reproduction only.
Susan Dodge Peters, ed.
Memorial Art Gallery: An Introduction to the Collection.
New York, New York: Memorial Art Gallery in association with Hudson Hills Press, 1988.
Article Title: The November Exhibitions: The Buswell-Hochstetter Collections.
Article Scope: Article.
Memorial Art Gallery.
Rochester, New York: Memorial Art Gallery, 1935-1995.
Volume Number: 21,
Issue Number: 2.
Issue Date: November-December, 1955.
Article Scope: Mention.
Magnum Opus: The Story of the Memorial Art Gallery, 1913-1988.
Rochester, NY: Memorial Art Gallery, 1988.
Article Author: Chipman, Harold H., and Leonhard Weidinger.
Article Title: Ein Enthusiast für Industrie und Kunst-- Willibald Duschnitz.
Article Scope: Mention.
Eva Blimlinger, ed.
Die Praxis des Sammelns: .
Vienna: Böhlau Verlag GmbH & Co., 2014.
Page Number: 85-86
Article Author: Timmermann, Achim.
Article Scope: Discussion and reproduction.
Joan A. Holladay
and Susan L. Ward.
Gothic Sculpture in America.
New York, NY: International Center of Medieval Art, 1989.
Volume Number: 3
Page Number: 152-153,
Figure Number: 88
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