Peter Paul Rubens 1577 – 1640
oil on panel (107 × 82 cm) — c. 1611
1 Peter 1:1
1. Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
Around 1612 Rubens made a series of portraits of the apostles, in commission of the duke of Lerma. Peter was depicted holding a pair of keys, his common symbol: the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.