Saint Paul is shown with his usual attributes, a book and a sword (in the lower left-hand corner). The artist made an etching of this composition which identified the figure as Saint Paul on a cartellino (a painted imitation of a small piece of paper) attached to the step. The status of the painting is unclear but it is probably a copy after the etching. However, it has also been claimed as the original on which the etching is based.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1596 - 1641
Full title
Saint Paul seated reading
Date made
about 1620
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
120.2 x 96.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1921
Inventory number
NG3590
Location in Gallery