St Peter and five other saints or apostles and a kneeling figure

WAG 1995.58


Saint Peter, on the right hand side, is presumably identified by the keys in his left hand. This came to be recognised as the saint's attribute from the 8th century onwards. He was usually depicted as a bearded, balding old man. William Roscoe (1753 - 1831), who previously owned this drawing, believed it was by Parmigianino (1503 - 1540). It was sold with a group of five others as by Parmigianino at Roscoe's bankruptcy sale in 1816. The drawing is badly affected by flyspeck (excretion), and the lower right corner of the paper is damaged.