Caravaggio, "The Denial of Saint Peter", ca. 1610

This exhibition examines how Caravaggio's painting, "The Denial of St. Peter", re-interprets the Biblical description of St. Peter's betrayal of Christ. "The Denial", though firmly grounded in the Baroque period, lacks the exaggerated theatricality characteristic of 17th century religious art. Rather than emphasize material detail or divine intervention, Caravaggio distills the story to a single interaction. He manipulates light and shadow to highlight dramatic gestures and construct a scene of palpable emotional tension.           


Kathleen Kanaley