Title: St Andrew
Artist: Artus Wolffort
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size:116 x 91 cm
Date: c. 1620
Location: Private collection.
According to New Testament scripture, St. Andrew, the Apostle, son of Jonah, or John, was born in Bethsaida of Galilee. Both he and his brother Simon (Peter) were fishermen, and at the beginning of Jesus' public life occupied the same house at
The feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (30 November) is used as a marking point for the beginning of Advent, the period of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus, which begins with the Sunday nearest to the feast day and embracing four Sundays. The first Sunday may be as early as 27 November, and then Advent has twenty-eight days, or as late as 3 December, giving the season only twenty-one days. With Advent the ecclesiastical year begins in the Western churches.
Artus Wolffort (1581 – 1641), also Wolffaert, was a Flemish Baroque painter from