- The painting is unconventional and modern in conception.
- Saint Dismas, better known as the good thief, represents one of the two thieves who were crucified on either side of Christ. He is represented at half length, seen in sotto-in-su, as if the spectator is actually beneath the cross. The presence of Christ crucified outside the picture plane, but a short distance away, is indirectly suggested by the cast shadow of Christs cross on the Saints bare torso and enforced by the Saints gaze towards the source of light which models the figure of the saint. The figure of the saint is cropped so that the spectator has only a close up of the torso, a compositional device that had gained popularity with the invention of photography. The cross on which the Saint is crucified is hardly discernable, but this is suggested by the rope tied around the arm and waist and the criminal charge for which he was sentenced by the Latin words ERAT LATRO (he was a thief) inscribed above his head.
- Inscription: Signed and dated 1913
- Repository/Location: National Museum of Fine Arts (Valletta, Malta)
- : 117 x 59 cm
- Neo- Classical [Create]
- 1913 [Create]
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