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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas


CARAVAGGIO (b. 1571, Caravaggio, d. 1610, Porto Ercole)
The Incredulity of Saint Thomas 1601-02
Oil on canvas, 107 x 146 cm
Sanssouci, Potsdam



Hendrick Jansz ter Brugghen, or Terbrugghen, (1588 - Nov 1, 1629)
Doubting Thomas ca. 1621-1623
Oil on panel, 109 cm x 136.5 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam


The apostle Thomas, also called St. Thomas, Judas Thomas or Didymus was a twin.

He appears in a few passages in the Gospel of John.

When Lazarus has just died, the disciples are resisting Jesus' decision to return to Judea. Jesus is determined, but Thomas has the last word: "Let us also go, that we might die with him" .

At The Last Supper Jesus assures his disciples that they know where he is going, but Thomas protests that they don't know at all.

He doubts the resurrection of Jesus and demands to feel Jesus' wounds before being convinced. After seeing Jesus alive Thomas professed his faith in Jesus.

It is this last scene which is painted by Caravaggio and one of his followers, Hendrick Jansz ter Brugghen, or Terbrugghen. Hendrick Jansz ter Brugghen, or Terbrugghen, (1588 - Nov 1, 1629) was a Dutch painter, and a leading member of the Dutch followers of Caravaggio – the so-called Dutch Caravaggisti.