Inventory number
P02819
Author
El Greco
Title
Saint Andrew and Saint Francis
Chronology
Ca. 1595
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
167 cm x 113 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
Donación de los duques de Abrantes al Real Monasterio de la Encarnación, Madrid, 1676; depositada en el Museo del Prado por la Junta Delegada de Incautación, Protección y Conservación del Tesoro Artístico Nacional, 1936; adquirido por el Estado para el Museo del Prado, 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.

 
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