Saint Peter Preaching in Jerusalem
The May of 1642 was painted by Charles Poërson. It represents Saint Peter, preaching in Jerusalem. According to Saint Luke in The Acts of the Apostles, Peter proclaims: "Turn away from this tortuous generation, and you will be saved". Charles Poërson was a pupil of Simon Vouet, painter to King Louis XIII and very famous in Paris around 1630-1640. The sense of movement, the play of the hands and the draperies painted by Vouet are major influences for Poërson. Michelangelo's sculptures also inspire the muscular torsos of his works, notably “The Rebellious Slave” (Louvre Museum).