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Saints Andrew and Thomas
Gian Lorenzo Bernini

This painting is first recorded in an inventory of June 1627 of the Palazzo Barberini, Rome. It was probably painted not long before for Pope Urban VIII or a member of his family.

Saint Andrew is shown with his symbols of a book and a fish, referring to his activity as a fisherman, and Saint Thomas has a carpenter's square. The saints engage in lively dialogue, with the prominent hand of Saint Andrew gesturing outside the painting.

In the Barberini Collection Bernini's painting was paired with Andrea Sacchi's 'Saints Anthony Abbot and Francis of Assisi'.

Key facts
Artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Artist dates 1598 - 1680
Full title Saints Andrew and Thomas
Group Four Saints for Palazzo Barberini
Date made before 1627
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 61.5 x 78.1 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1967
Inventory number NG6381
Location in Gallery Not on display
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Four Saints for Palazzo Barberini

These two paintings were presumably made as pendants, or companion pieces, and would have hung together.