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St. Peter Martyr: An Introduction

Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University
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  • Religious History
  • Medieval Literature
  • History


Even if he was one of the most famous Dominican saints in late Medieval Italy, present day scholarship is not too fond of Peter of Verona, most often referred to as Peter Martyr. Until recently the most complete study of his life was an article by Antoine Dondaine, published in 1953, and it was only beninning in the 2000s that historians showed a newfound interest in Peter. Within a span of a few years an article by Christine Caldwell (2000), the proceedings of a conference held in Milan in 2005, and a book by Donald Prudlo (2008) appeared. However art historical studies remain infrequent, and they normally deal with a few significant artworks – Titian’s destroyed altarpiece from San Zanipolo in Venice, for example –, without defining the wider context of petrine imagery, or the problems it engendered.

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