- Reference number
- El Greco
- Saint Andrew and Saint Francis
- Ca. 1595
- 167 cm x 113 cm
- On display
- Duke of Abrantes Collection (before 1676); acquired from the Royal Monastery of the Encarnación, 1942
The two saints —Andrew, from the earliest years of Christianity and Francis, from the thirteenth century— engage in a lively conversation. Their depiction together may be due to a specific devotion.
Saint Andrew's large cross is the compositional and color-based nexus that links the two saints, who are very elongated and are seen from a very low viewpoint.
The work is signed in Greek letters in the lower right corner, on the cartouche.
This work comes from the Convent of la Encarnación in Madrid.