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El Greco - Apostle St. Bartolomew(1610-1614)

El Greco - Apostle St. Bartolomew(1610-1614)
Oil on canvas, 97x77 cm
Museo de El Greco,Toledo

The New Testament mentions the apostle by name only, but says nothing of his acts. The Golden Legend tells of a missionary journey he made to India, and of his death in Armenia by being flayed alive.

He is usually portrayed as dark-haired, bearded and of middle age. His invariable attribute is the knife with which he was flayed. Not uncommonly the flayed skin hangs over his arm, or is held in his hand, as in the Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel (said to be a self-portrait of Michelangelo). His inscription, from the Apostles' Creed, is 'Credo in Spiritum Sanctum'. Typical narrative themes from Renaissance art show him preaching, exorcizing demons, baptizing, and being hauled before the authorities for refusing to worship idols. The most usual scene is the rather gruesome flaying. Artists sometimes follow the Hellenistic sculpture from Pergamum of the flaying of Marsyas.

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Jacques club
I recognized immediatly a Greco painting even in the thumbnail! Thank You Evan for this neat image and for the instructive comment, Jacques
10 years ago.
Evangrek63 club
I am glad to share these magnificent paintings with friends like you Jacques..!!
10 years ago.
 William Sutherland
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Awesome painting!

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4 years ago.
 Don Sutherland
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Wonderful painting.
4 years ago.
Rambonp club
GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4 years ago.
 Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Remarkable image!
4 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
Glorious El Greco painting
4 years ago.
 Joke Hulst
Joke Hulst
Wonderful painting !
4 years ago.
 Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
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Vraiment très beau !!!
4 years ago.

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