Recognising saints: book and sword

A book and sword are the common attributes of Saint Paul

The book carried by Saint Paul represents his gospel in the New Testament of the Bible. 

The sword is a reminder of the means of his martyrdom – he was beheaded in Rome in 67 AD.

Carlo Crivelli, 'Saints Peter and Paul', probably 1470s
Carlo Crivelli, Saints Peter and Paul, probably 1470s 

 

Saints Peter and Paul
Carlo Crivelli
probably 1470s

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The Virgin and Child with Saint Paul and Saint Francis
The Virgin and Child with Saint Paul and Saint Francis
After Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano
Saint Paul Writing
Saint Paul Writing
Pier Francesco Sacchi
Saint Paul
Saint Paul
Master of the Pala Sforzesca
Saint Paul
Saint Paul
Style of Ambrogio Bergognone
 
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