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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.




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.


On View, Gallery 217


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Pompeo Girolamo Batoni


Saint Andrew


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


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

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