Saint Paul

Diego VelázquezAround 1619

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, Barcelona

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, Barcelona

The saint, seated, is wearing a tunic under a thick cloak. His hair is dark, his beard tinged with grey and his face deeply lined, while a halo of light around his head proclaims his sainthood. He is holding a book as a sign that he is an apostle and perhaps also an intellectual and philosopher, although he is clearly identified by the inscription at top left : 'S. PAVLVS'. This is a painting from the artist's youth when he was still living in Seville before entering the service of the Spanish King Philip IV in Madrid. It is considered a key work for understanding the influence of Caravaggio's pictorial realism in Spain.

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  • Title: Saint Paul
  • Creator: Diego Velázquez
  • Date Created: Around 1619
  • Tag: Religion
  • Physical Dimensions: w800 x h995 cm
  • Inventory number: 024242-000
  • Artwork history: Permanent loan from the Gil Collection, 1922; acquired, 1944
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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