|Confession of St. Peter, Bas Relief from the Vatican Museum, 4th c. sarcophagus|
|Christ Handing the Keys to St. Peter Pietro Perugino (1448-1523)|
|St. Peter, 13th-century fresco fragment|
|Earliest icon of St. Peter, 4th century|
Church of Santa Costanza mosaic (5th-7th c.) Jesus gives Peter the Kingdom of Heaven
Apostle St. Peter El Greco (1541-1614)
See also Duccio, Bassano, Fra Angelico, Tissot, Le Nain, von Honthorst, Mola, Raphael, and Rembrandt for other depictions of Peter. I had a hard time finding depictions of the actual confession of St. Peter. Caravaggio has a nice Crucifixion of St. Peter, which can be compared to his famous Conversion of St. Paul (which we celebrate on the 25th).
Couldn't find any coloring pages. I just had my kids draw a picture as I read the account. For those of you with older kids (junior high or high school age) this short Bible passage can open a number of theological discussions. For example, much Renaissance art focuses on Peter receiving the Keys, and not on his confession. You could talk about why this might be, given the time period, and geo-political source of much of Renaissance art, and the different understandings of "keys" in different Christian traditions. You could also talk to older students about the different interpretations of "upon this Rock I will build my church," and why Lutherans confess that the Rock is Peter's confession of Who Christ is. And then there's Confession and Absolution....so much theology to talk about!!
Does anyone know the history of how this festival developed? There are not a lot of traditions surrounding the day, perhaps because it is centered on words and not a personality or event. Is this a Lutheran innovation to the calendar, like moving the Transfiguration to Epiphany?