Juan de Villanueva

Peter of Alcántara

1742
Cathedral of St. Savior, Oviedo, Spain

This saint is customarily portrayed in a Discalced Carmelite habit (mantle, broad scapular, For monks and friars, a long, broad bib as seen here. For lay people, a simple pair of illustrated cloth tags worn front-and-back against the skin. sandals). Other portraits usually add a cross, referring to the saint's name. The left hand seems to have once held a pen; at this time only a small broken part of the shaft remains. The pen and book would refer to his writings on the contemplative life.

The statue is in the altarpiece of St. Teresa of Ávila. (See below.)

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Photographed at the cathedral by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

The retable of St. Teresa of Ávila, in the south transept of Oviedo's Cathedral of St. Savior. Below, left to right: Peter, Teresa, and St. John of the Cross. Above: the prophet Elijah.