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Saint Paul the Apostle
Author, school, workshop
Giovanni Ambrosio Meinardi
Late Baroque
Material and technique
Oil painting on canvas
Height 2.37 x width 1.48 m
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Wroclaw, Poland
The foreground is dominated by the figure of the apostle standing frontally, to the left, in counterpoint with his head shown in right profile. His left hand is stretched out in front of him; in his right hand he holds an open book resting his elbow on a bronze pedestal with an inkwell and a goose feather. The saint stands on an ash-brown pedestal against which the book is leaning (lower left corner of the painting), while a sword lies diagonally on it (right corner). Behind his back is an architectural interior suggested by a pillar and cannelled column of grey. St Paul is a man of robust age with curly - dark blonde - hair with curves. He is dressed in a barefoot-length dark green robe deeply cut at the chest and with long sleeves; he is enveloped in a brick-red drapery wrapped around his left arm, wrapping his shoulders, hips and falling to the ground along his right leg.