Carlo Dolci

Italy, b.1616, d.1687 (After)

The Martyrdom of Saint Andrew

  • Purchased 2020
  • Oil on canvas
  • 960 x 830mm
  • 2020/026
  • Late 17th Century

Carlo Dolci was the leading Florentine painter of the seventeenth century, admired for his highly finished religious-themed paintings, which were sometimes repeated in his workshop in different versions. He painted two large versions of The Martyrdom of Saint Andrew, the first in 1643 for the Florentine merchant Paolo del Sera (now in Birmingham Museum and City Art Gallery), and the second in 1646 for Marchese Carlo Gerini (now in the Palatine Gallery, Pitti Palace, Florence). This work is based on the second version. Andrew was a Jewish fisherman who is recorded as the first follower of Jesus Christ. Dolci depicted him kneeling before an X-shaped cross, his robes being removed as he faces his own death by crucifixion. (This occurred in about 60AD at Patrae, Greece, under the Roman governor Aegeas.)