Saint Bartholomew

Depictions of Saint Bartholomew, transitioning from Before to After the Reformation. Bartholomew was martyred by being flayed alive - his skin was stripped from his body. His symbol is the wearing of his own skin and a knife. The Renaissance interpretation could be construed as red pajamas. Matteo di Giovanni's painting, for example, is only interested in pure symbolism, not necessarily telling the gruesome details.Later depictions do not shy away from showing the viewer exactly how far this man went for his faith. Bartholomew really becomes a personal worship figure for contemplation when he is shown in the manner. I see the big picture of how the Protestants wanted imagery to change -- From merely a symbol that represents in only one facet, to a work that moves the viewer to pious contemplation.

A.K.A "Bartholomew in the Red Long Johns", the gore and seriousness is definitely watered down. This piece seems to only be concerned with the identity of the Saint, not the meaning.
The anger and intensity of the crowd strikes me in this piece. Their faces are grotesque and distorted and it has a sense of impending, frantic violence. The explicit act of martyrdom sets it apart.
Though a little less violent than Cranach's, the realism makes this piece scary. You can still see the violence in the eyes of the killers, and it makes one think about what they would pay for faith.
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