This painting, by Georges de la Tour, depicts St. Peter at some unknown point after the night and morning leading up to Jesus’ death, possibly even as early as Holy Saturday, repentant for his repeated denials of knowing Jesus.
Although Christ forgave his betrayal, Peter was consumed by guilt. La Tour represents Peter as an old man, reflecting on his past actions in a state of perpetual repentance. The apostle’s red-rimmed eyes and the uncertain light of the lantern suggest anxious sleepless nights; muted colors and simple forms give visual expression to Peter’s somber emotions.
Source: Cleveland Museum of Art