The Crucifixion of St Andrew

Maratta's crucifizion of St Andrew.
Maratta's crucifizion of St Andrew.

The arm bone, tooth, knee-cap and three fingers of Scotland’s patron saint, Andrew, have at last been reunited with the rest of his body - or at least the likeness of it.

Carlo Maratta’s depiction of ‘The Crucifixion of St Andrew’ went on display in the Museum of the University of St Andrews on Wednesday - St Andrew’s Day - where it will remain until the same day in 2013.

Legend has it that the remains of St Andrew were carried to Scotland at some point in the 9th century by the monk Regulus and are still buried in St Andrews.

The Earl of Wemyss has loaned the rarely seen painting by the 17th-century Italian master for the duration of the university’s 600th anniversary celebrations. The painting is among the gems of one of the richest private art collections in Scotland.

A second version of the painting is held at the Bob Jones University in South Carolina and a smaller one is in the Louvre in Paris.