Initial P with the Martyrdom of Saint Peter Martyr

Date: second half 13th century

Geography: Made in Bologna, Italy

Culture: Italian

Medium: Tempera and ink on parchment

Dimensions: 3 1/8 x 2 13/16 in. (7.9 x 7.1 cm)

Classification: Manuscripts and Illuminations

Credit Line: Gift of Bashford Dean, 1923

Accession Number: 23.21.2


Saint Peter Martyr, a hero of the Dominican order who was murdered by heretics in 1253, was named a saint within two weeks! When the Dominicans established their liturgy three years later, the feast of Saint Peter Martyr was an integral part of it.