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The Martyrdom of Saint Andrew

Photo credit: University of Edinburgh

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Scene of the martyrdom of Saint Andrew with stuggling figures and a mounted figure on the left. This painting is a late seventeenth- or early eighteenth-century copy after an engraving of Domenichino's fresco of this subject on the vault of Sant'Andrea della Valle in Rome, painted in 1622–1627. These frescoes were Domenichino's most extensive Roman commission for which he vied with rival, Giovanni Lanfranco. Saint Andrew was martyred at Patras. He asked that he should be crucified on an 'X' shaped cross as he considered himself to be unworthy to die in the same manner as Jesus.

University of Edinburgh

George Square


The Martyrdom of Saint Andrew


oil on canvas


H 33.5 x W 43.5 cm

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bequeathed as part of the Torrie Collection, 1836

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University of Edinburgh

George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland

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