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.