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 

 

Painting
Carlo Crivelli
probably 1470s
Carlo Crivelli: 'Saints Peter and Paul'

Explore more images of Saint Paul in the collection

Cima da Conegliano virgin and child with st paul and st francis
The Virgin and Child with Saint Paul and Saint Francis
After Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano
Pier Francesco Sacchi: 'Saint Paul Writing'
Saint Paul Writing
Pier Francesco Sacchi
Attributed to the Master of the Pala Sforzesca: 'Saint Paul'
Saint Paul
Master of the Pala Sforzesca
Style of Ambrogio Bergognone: 'Saint Paul'
Saint Paul
Style of Ambrogio Bergognone