- Saint Luke the Evangelist lived in the 1st century AD and he was the author of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. He is depicted here next to his symbol; the ox. Each of the four evangelists had symbols: the man was associated with Matthew, the lion with Mark, and the eagle with John. In his hands St Luke is also holding the image of the Madonna and Child. He is considered to be the patron saint of artists, as according to legend he had painted pictures of the Virgin Mary and child. The Accademia di San Luca (Academy of St Luke ) in Rome, imitated in many other European cities during the 16th century, in fact, gathered together and protected many painters. There is no scientific evidence to support the tradition that Luke painted icons of Mary and Jesus, though it was widely believed in earlier centuries. This statue was installed in St. Paul`s Grotto in Rabat in 1695, next to the statue of St. Paul by Melchiorre Cafa and it was originally gessoed and marbled.
- Repository/Location: National Museum of Fine Arts (Valletta, Malta)
- : 160 cm x 60 cm x 90 cm
- Baroque [Create]
- c. 1695 [Create]
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