Saint Paul (El Greco)

Saint Paul is a 1610-1614 painting by El Greco, now in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.[1] The painting is key to Gregorio Marañón's theory that the painter used mental patients at the Hospital del Nuncio as models.

Saint Paul
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ArtistEl Greco
Mediumoil on canvas
Dimensions72 cm × 55 cm (28 in × 22 in)
LocationPrado, Madrid

It originally formed part of a series of works produced by the artist for the parish church in Almadrones, Spain, a series which represented a set of variants on a set of paintings of the apostles for Toledo Cathedral. Although not one of the twelve original apostles, Saint Paul, the "Apostle of the Gentiles", replaced the disgraced Judas in both series.

The letter in his left hand is addressed to "Titus, ordained first Bishop of the Church of the Cretans", who was at one time Saint Paul's secretary.


  1. ^ "Saint Paul". Prado Museum. Retrieved 23 July 2020.

Bibliography (in Spanish)Edit

  • ÁLVAREZ LOPERA, José, El Greco, Madrid, Arlanza, 2005, Biblioteca «Descubrir el Arte», (colección «Grandes maestros»). ISBN 84-9550-344-1.
  • SCHOLZ-HÄNSEL, Michael, El Greco, Colonia, Taschen, 2003. ISBN 978-3-8228-3173-1.