Saint Bartholomew Flayed (Milan, Italy)

Bartholomew was one of the twelve apostles and his death is one that is still debated today. Some say he was crucified upside down with other apostles, another speaks of him being kidnapped and drowned while the most famous and depicted through works of art is that he was flayed and then beheaded.

A statue in the Duomo in Milan displays the flaying of Bartholomew and depicts him draped in a blanket of his own skin. Given this horrific depiction of his death it isn’t surprising that one of the most famous quotes attributed to him is:

“Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you cannot bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond the pain.”

Saint Bartholomew

Saint Bartholomew Flayed (Milan, Italy)

Saint Bartholomew Flayed (Milan, Italy)

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