Saint Peter of Verona (Martyr)

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Pedro Berruguete, Saint Peter Martyr, 1493-1499, oil on panel, 177 x 90 cm, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

Peter was a twelfth-century Veronese man who initially studied law, and then joined the Dominican order.  He became the general inquisitor for northern Italy, but in a dispute with Cathari heretics he was ambushed and hit on the head with a cleaver and stabbed.  He was the first martyr of the Dominican order.