Apostle, Carlo Crivelli


 

Crivelli (Italian, c. 1430–c. 1495)

Apostle, 1470–75
Tempera and gilding on panel
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961 (2979.1)

This small panel and the one hanging nearby were originally part of the predella—the series of paintings depicting saints and apostles at the lower edge of a larger scene— for an altarpiece that Carlo Crivelli painted for a Franciscan church in central Italy. The predella, a narrow ledge below the main image of an altarpiece, was often composed of depictions of individual apostles or saints, such as here. A depiction of either the Apostle Andrew or the more obscure Simon the Zealot (both of whom are often depicted with crosses, symbolic of their martyrdom), Tthe apostlessubject’s expressive faces, animated gesturess, and crisp vestments are typical of Crivelli, whose work is admired for its intensity and theatricality. This particular apostle could be Andrew or the more obscure Simon the Zealot, both of whom are often depicted with crosses, the symbol of their martyrdom. 

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