Carlo Maratta (Artist) Domenichino (After)

Martyrdom of Saint Andrew

Martyrdom of Saint Andrew by Carlo Maratta, Domenichino

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The first of Christ's disciples, Andrew was crucified on a saltire or X-shaped cross. His death was ordered by a Roman governor in Greece after Andrew cured the governor's wife of a fatal illness and she was subsequently converted to Christianity. This work depicts his beating by soldiers prior to being bound to the cross. As the patron saint of Scotland, St Andrew's cross has been used as a symbol of the country since 1286, and is still seen on the Scottish national flag. The etching is based on Domenichino's 1608 painting in the church of S. Gregorio, Rome. In making the etching the composition of the painting has been reversed.

Title
Martyrdom of Saint Andrew
Artist/creator
Production date
1645-1660
Medium
etching
Dimensions
298 x 451 mm
Inscription
(on plate) Carlus Maratus delineauit et Sculpt: Cum Privit. Regis. (lower right). (lower right) Arnoldo Van Westerhout forms. (lower right) Dominicus Ciampellus pinxit S. Gregorio.
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/30/1
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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