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Saint Andrew

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1740/43

Artist:

Pompeo Girolamo Batoni (Italian, 1708–1787)

About this artwork

One of a series of religious paintings commissioned by Pompeo Batoni’s most dedicated patron, Count Cesare Merenda of Forlì, this painting depicts Andrew the Apostle carrying his distinctive X-shaped cross. As the story goes, Saint Andrew welcomed death by crucifixion because it brought him closer to Christ, calling out in his final moments, “Oh Cross, I have desired to embrace you.” Capturing the emotional drama of this moment, Batoni painted the saint with a somber expression, tenderly and affectionately clutching his instrument of torture.

Status

On View, Gallery 217

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Pompeo Girolamo Batoni

Title

Saint Andrew

Place

Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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1740–1743

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

74 × 61 cm (29 1/8 × 24 in.); Framed: 94 × 82 cm (37 × 32 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Regenstein through the Joseph and Helen Regenstein Foundation

Reference Number

1960.50

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