Saint Philip

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

Philip became one of the Twelve Apostles after meeting Jesus through John the Baptist. He was the disciple who Jesus asked to gather food from the crowd before miraculously multiplying it. Philip is thought to have died a martyr's death by being stoned and crucified, and so is often pictured holding a cross.

Key facts

Artist dates
1460 - 1535
Full title
Saint Philip
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas, transferred from wood
109.8 x 57.1 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1859
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: The High Altarpiece from San Pietro in Vincoli, Faenza