Saint Peter and Saint Paul
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.
116 x 91.8 cm
Plandiura Collection, purchased 1932