Saint Bartholomew

Pietro di Cristoforo Vannucci, called Pietro Perugino

About 1512/1523

St. Bartholomew, one of the twelve apostles, is identified by his attribute the knife; he was martyred by being flayed alive. This painting was one of thirty panels comprising a monumental, double-sided altarpiece for the church of Sant’Agostino in Perugia. A reconstruction of the altarpiece is displayed in the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, Perugia, which houses twenty of the original panels. It is believed that St. Bartholomew was placed above the panel depicting St. Jerome and Mary Magdalene in the choir side of the altarpiece.