The Holy Apostle Andrew by El Greco

The Holy Apostle Andrew by El Greco

The picture of El Greco “Apostle Andrew” depicts a saint in full accord with tradition. This is an old man, a figure similar to his brother Apostle Peter. In his hands – an oblique cross.

According to the legend, Andrew was martyred, being crucified on the X-shaped cross. Less often it is depicted with a fishing net or rope. According to legend, the Apostle Andrew made missionary trips to the Scythian lands, Asia Minor, Greece. Particularly revered St. Andrew the First-Called in the Orthodox Church. According to legend, he pointed out the place and prophetically foretold the foundation of

the city of Kiev on it.

On the canvas, El Greco pictured Andrei, like other apostles, in simple clothes, with gray disheveled hair and a short, thick beard. The artist accurately embodied in the picture the description of the apostle from the work of the monk Epiphany “The Life of Andrew the First-Called”: “He was not small by body build, but tall, nosat, brovast, slightly hunched.”

With his right hand the apostle holds a wooden cross. The left palm of the apostle is stretched in a blessing gesture, its image resembles the wing of a dove, the symbol of the Holy Spirit.

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