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Peter’s Vision of the Unclean Beasts
  • TitlePeter’s Vision of the Unclean Beasts

  • Technique/MaterialRed chalk, pen and brown ink, brown and grey wash, heightened with white on paper
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 25 x 15,8 cm
    Passepartout: (h x b) 55 x 42 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 60 x 47 x 3,
  • CategoryDrawings, Free-hand drawings
  • ClassificationDrawing
  • Geographical originHolland [historisk region], _Region
  • Inventory No.NMH 1986/1863
  • AcquisitionTransferred 1866 from Kongl. Museum
Images and media

Red chalk, pen and brown ink, brown and grey wash, heightened with white. Arched at the top, 250 x 158 mm. Original framing line in brown ink. Laid down. Numbered at the bottom right, in pen and black ink, 33, and on the mount, in pen and brown ink, 1793 (Sparre) and 85 (struck out).

The story of St Peter’s vision is told in Acts 10:11–16 and 11:5–10. The apostle sees heaven opened and animals being lowered in a large canvas sheet. As early a writer as Kruse noted that the composition is based on a drawing by Rembrandt in Munich. The animals and the hovering angel holding a corner of the sheet are almost identical, but in a sketch for his own version, also in Munich, Hoogstraten eliminates a figure on the far left, also holding the sheet, as well as the spectator in the right background; furthermore, Peter is shown sleeping with his head on his arms, rather than looking up.

In the finished drawing, Hoogstraten has changed the position of the sleeping apostle, and distinguished between the bed and an altar-like table in the foreground; this feature has also been sketched in Rembrandt’s drawing in Munich, but clearly by a different hand. There are also some pentimenti in the sheet and in the angel’s position. [Magnusson, Dutch Drawings no. 199]