Saint John the Evangelist
This painting is part of the group: High Altarpiece, Oratory of S. Pietro in Vincoli

This painting is part of an altarpiece, the main panel of which depicts The Virgin and Child. This section shows Saint John the Evangelist; other parts of the altarpiece show Saints Peter, Philip, and John the Baptist.

John, with his brother James, was one of the first and youngest apostles. He is considered to have been Jesus's favourite disciple, and it is he to whom Jesus entrusted the care of his mother after his death. He is usually portrayed as a young, beardless man.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1459/60 - 1535
Full title
Saint John the Evangelist
Group
Date made
1505
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
55.2 x 57.1 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1859
Inventory number
NG629.4
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: High Altarpiece, Oratory of S. Pietro in Vincoli