St Peter and St Paul
  • TitleSt Peter and St Paul
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 124 x 93,5 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 154 x 121 x 10 cm
  • DatingMade c. 1605 - 1608
  • Artist/Maker Artist: El Greco, Greek, born 1541, dead 1614
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 3077
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1935 with contribution by Nationalmusei Vänner
  • Description
    Images and media

    El Greco articulates the apostles’ inner being, rather than their external attributes. With their unnaturally thin and elongated bodies, there is a dramatic intensity to expressions and gestures. Paul, dressed in red, rests his hand on a book, alluding to his contribution to the Bible, the Pauline epistles. This image has been seen as symbolising the conflict between supporters of the Reformation (Paul) and the Catholic Counter-Reformation (Peter).