Peter Paul Rubens 1577 – 1640

St Bartholomew

oil on panel (108 × 84 cm) — c. 1611 Museum Museo del Prado, Madrid

Peter Paul Rubens biography

This work is linked to Acts 1:13

Little is written in the Bible about the apostle Bartholomew. He is named a few times in lists of Jesus' followers.

Rubens shows him holding a knife. That refers to one account of Bartholomew's death: it is said that he was flayed alive.

This panel is part of a series of apostle portraits that Rubens made around 1612.

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