St Andrew Praying before his Martyrdom

Carlo Dolci

 
St Andrew Praying before his Martyrdom
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 28cm

Description

Dolci painted three versions of this subject for the senator Paolo del Sera and two other collectors in Florence of which this is the primary version. Several of the figures are portraits of well-known contemporaries including a tiny self-portrait of the artist just below the saint's right hand. The armed man with a moustache is Raffaello Ximines, a noted connoisseur and one of Dolci's earliest patrons. Dolci also included references to several other works of art in the background - pictures which may have been in the del Sera collection. The man in the red cap is a famous Titian portrait while the turbanned figure is a quote from Rubens.Legend recounts that St. Andrew fell to his knees before his cross in adoration because he was to die in the same way as Christ.

Image Details

Artist
 
Dimensions
 
1156mm x 914mm
Medium
 
Oil on canvas.
Acquisition
 
Purchase 1962.
Accession Number
 
1962P45

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