Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Print
Location: 
Room 033
Artists / Makers / Authorities: 
Doménikos Theotokópoulos (El Greco)
Candia, Crete, 1540 or 1541 – Toledo, 1614
Social tags: 
  • hands
  • Saint Peter
  • Saint Paul
  • Apostles
Description:

After starting as a painter on the Island of Crete, El Greco evolved towards the modern style of art from Venice and later settled in Toledo. The central theme of this picture is the meeting of the two Apostles Peter and Paul, who had been in disagreement. This is hinted at in the greeting with their hands, which cross without actually touching. An ageing, weary Peter seems to make a gesture of surrender or recognition towards Paul, who proudly holds his attribute, the sword. Behind them can be seen a magnificent scene of clouds, with an opening of blue sky that emphasises their saintly halo. This work demonstrates the great narrative and chromatic wealth of the Cretan master's art.

Painting

Between 1590-1600

116 x 91.8 cm

Plandiura Collection, purchased 1932

Inventory number: 

005083-000

Oil on canvas
Century: 16th
Subject: Religion
Doménikos Theotokópoulos (El Greco) - Sant Pere i sant Pau - Entre 1590-1600
Sant Pere i sant Pau
Doménikos Theotokópoulos (El Greco) - Sant Pere i sant Pau - Entre 1590-1600 [1]
Sant Pere i sant Pau [1]
Doménikos Theotokópoulos (El Greco) - Sant Pere i sant Pau - Entre 1590-1600 [2]
Sant Pere i sant Pau [2]