Saints Peter and John Healing the Lame Man

Artist: Nicolas Poussin (French, Les Andelys 1594–1665 Rome)

Date: 1655

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 49 1/2 x 65 in. (125.7 x 165.1 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Marquand Fund, 1924

Accession Number: 24.45.2


At the temple in Jerusalem where the old and infirm beg alms, Peter and John cure a cripple (Acts 3:1–10): "Then Peter said, Silver and gold I have none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk." The composition is indebted to Raphael, and the gestures of the central group are reminiscent of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel. The picture was painted for Monsieur Mercier of Lyons.