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This scene tells the story of the murder of Saint Peter Martyr, a friar of the Dominican Order who was killed by members of the Cathars, a heretical sect whose teachings he had spoken against publicly. The saint is shown on the left – he has collapsed to his knees, an axe lodged in his skull. His killer makes a final blow to his chest with a dagger.
probably about 1507
Oil and tempera on wood
H 99.7 x W 165.1 cm
Presented by Lady Eastlake, 1870