Benozzo Gozzoli (1420-97), Saint Peter and Simon Magus

Tempera on wood
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 15.106.1, Rogers Fund

Kneeling to the right of St. Peter is St. Paul. Peter gestures to the demons (barely seen at the very top of the painting), commanding them to drop Simon Magus, who had told Nero (seated on the right) that his angels would take him up to Heaven to prove he was the son of God.

This is one of a set of four panels in the museum. The others are St. Zenobius Resuscitating a Dead Child, The Conversion of St. Paul, and Totila Before St. Benedict.

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