|"The Incredulity of Saint Thomas" by Caravaggio (from 1601 until 1602); Medium: oil on canvas; Dimensions: 42.125 × 57.5 in; Current location: Sanssouci Picture Gallery|
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Doubting Thomas in art, formally termed "The Incredulity of Saint Thomas"
A doubting Thomas is a skeptic who refuses to believe without direct personal experience—a reference to the Apostle Thomas, who refused to believe that the resurrected Jesus had appeared to the ten other apostles, until he could see and feel the wounds received by Jesus on the cross (John 20:24–29). In art, the episode (formally called the"Incredulity of Thomas") has been frequently depicted since at least the 5th century, with its depiction reflecting a range of theological interpretations. "The Incredulity of Saint Thomas" by Caravaggio (c. 1601–1602) is now the most famous depiction (unusually showing Thomas to the viewer's right of Jesus), but there are many others, especially by the Utrecht Caravaggisti, painting in a Protestant environment. [More]