The Apostle Paul
  • TitleThe Apostle Paul
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 119 x 108 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 149 x 139 x 10 cm
  • DatingMade between 1627 and 1629
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Jan Lievens, Dutch, born 1607-10-24, dead 1674-06-04
  • Depicted PersonPaulus
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Geographical originLeiden, Nederländerna
  • Inventory No.NM 7087
  • AcquisitionPurchase 2012 Wiros Fund
  • Description
    Images and media

    In the late 1620s, Jan Lievens and Rembrandt collaborated in Leiden. They were the same age, and works from their youth are often hard to distinguish. This painting of the apostle Paul shows an affinity with Rembrandt’s work, in its subject and in its vigorous light and shadow and realistic rendering of the furrowed face and coarse hand. Paul is portrayed as an ageing scholar who, deep in thought and illuminated by divine light, writes his epistles.