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An Elderly Man as Saint Paul

The book and sword, symbolising the word of God and the saint's martyrdom respectively, identify the man as Saint Paul. The roundel in the top-left corner shows the Sacrifice of Isaac. In Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews (11: 17) Abraham's sacrifice of his son is cited as an example of faith. Rembrandt seems to have been particularly interested in Saint Paul, whom he represented many times.

The last digit of the date is damaged, but is probably a '9' and the painting belongs to a group of half-length apostles and saints from the years around 1659-60.

Key facts
Artist Rembrandt
Artist dates 1606 - 1669
Full title An Elderly Man as Saint Paul
Date made probably 1659
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 102 x 85.5 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Lord Colborne, 1854
Inventory number NG243
Location in Gallery Room 22
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