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Full title The Conversion of Saul
Artist Giacomo Panizzati
Artist dates probably active 1524; died 1540
Date made about 1535-40
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 58.1 x 69.8 cm
Acquisition credit Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831
Inventory number NG73
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
The Conversion of Saul
Giacomo Panizzati

On his way from Jerusalem to Damascus, Saul the Pharisee, a persecutor of Christians, is struck blind, falls from his horse and hears the voice of Christ, here seen in the clouds. This is the moment of his conversion to Christianity as the Apostle Paul (Acts 9: 1-9).

While his meticulous attention to detail gives the picture a jewel-like quality, Panizzati’s dramatically bright colour range and unsettled composition convey the turbulent drama of the subject.

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