St. Peter, 65 1/8" x 29 3/4" x 1 9/16", ca. 1280-1300
This image of St. Peter, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ according to the Bible, will be among the frescoes on display during the Vatican Museums Exhibition.
The fresco bearing St. Peter's portrait was removed from a wall in the Church of St. Agnese in Rome approximately 700 years ago.
According to ancient tradition Peter became the first bishop of Rome and was martyred during the reign of Nero (circa 54-68). Historical documents record that Peter was crucified. Believing himself unworthy of emulating his master, Peter requested that he be hung upside down, a request that was granted.