Standing Saint

The Standing Saint is a circa 1528–1530 painting by Hans Baldung. It is on display in the Musée de l'Œuvre Notre-Dame, with its pendant, Saint George. Its inventory number is MBA 2130.a ("MBA" stands for Musée des Beaux-Arts).[2]

Standing Saint
Saint Matthias
Hans Baldung, Standing Saint.jpg
ArtistHans Baldung
Yearcirca 1528–1530
Mediumoil painting on panel (lime)
MovementNorthern Renaissance
Christian art
Subjectan unidentified male Christian Saint
Dimensions129.8 cm × 33.7 cm (51.1 in × 13.3 in)[1]
LocationMusée de l'Œuvre Notre-Dame, Strasbourg

The identity of the depicted Christian Saint is uncertain. Because of his lance, he is sometimes referred to as "Saint Matthias" or, less often, as "Saint Thomas". His energetic head strongly resembles the man's from Das ungleiche Liebespaar ("The unequal Lovers"),[3] a 1528 painting now in the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe.[1][2]

The painting's pendant, Saint George

The Standing Saint′s pendant in the Strasbourg museum is a Saint George (MBA 2130.b), which is considered a weaker work from the anatomical standpoint and probably in part the work of an assistant. Both paintings were probably the wings of a dismembered and unidentified altarpiece. The Standing Saint is representative for Baldung's blend of International Gothic and Italian Renaissance and an early example of his own brand of Mannerism.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Scherer, Johanna (2019). Hans Baldung Grien heilig | unheilig. Deutscher Kunstverlag. pp. 428–429. ISBN 978-3-422-97981-9.
  2. ^ a b Dupeux, Cécile (December 1999). Strasbourg - Musée de l'Oeuvre Notre-Dame. Paris: Éditions Scala. p. 85. ISBN 2-86656-223-2.
  3. ^ "Ungleiches Liebespaar". Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe. Retrieved 31 October 2020.