The Klesch Collection is delighted to announce the recent acquisition of The Denial of Saint Peter, a late work by Joachim Wtewael, a great master of Netherlandish Mannerism.
This nocturnal scene by Wtewael distinctly shows the impact of Caravaggio on Dutch artists at that time, evident in the chiaroscuro effects achieved here by the fire at the centre of the scene. Even though this painting is a clear testament of Caravaggism in Utrecht, Wtewael incorporated his personal fervor for refined detail, rich colouring and graceful, mannered poses, beautifully demonstrated by the s-shaped outline of the central figure.
(Utrecht 1566 – 1638)
The Denial of Saint Peter
oil on canvas
46.1 x 67.7 cm. (18.14 x 26.65 in.)