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St Paul

<p>16<sup>th</sup>-century image of St. Paul, cordwain, gilded leather, polychromed and decorated, 65 &times; 46 cm, Spain</p>

16th-century image of St. Paul, cordwain, gilded leather, polychromed and decorated, 65 × 46 cm, Spain

Cordwain with the image of St Paul wearing a green tunic. He can be identified by his personal attributes: the sword and the book of his gospels.

The background is gilded and decorated with triangular cut-outs to produce a variety of reflections that give the work a sense of texture. Some authors consider the possibility that these kinds of pieces were part of a much larger work or an altar front or altarpiece which were later removed. A second possibility is that they were conceived as works without a larger iconographic program.

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