Andrew the Apostle, brother of Peter

The statue

Andrew is depicted leaning on a huge X-shaped cross, which alludes to his martyrdom. He was crucified in Greece. The cross can be a seen as an allusion to the Greek first letter in Christ: Χριστός.

The story

Andrew is often portrayed as one of the confidants of Jesus. He had heard of the coming of the Son of God from John the Baptist and was one of the very first to follow Jesus. He passed on the message on to his brother Peter with the words: “We have found the Messiah!” John 1:35-41. It is said that he preached in Asia Minor, along the Black Sea as far as the Volga and became the patron saint of Russia and Romania.

The facts

1st version displayed in plaster – modelled by Josef Hermann in 1812 from Thorvaldsen’s drawing. 2nd version sketched in 1840 at Nysø Manor by Thorvaldsen. Here he also included the figure in his “Relief of Family Life”. The final sketch of the statue was made in 1841 and sculpted in Rome by Pietro Galli the following year. The statue was first displayed in marble in 1848.

 

Note

On the 15th of February, 1842, Thorvaldsen wrote to King Christian VIII: “..And so in the month of January I have modelled... the sketch for the statue of Judas Thaddeus, which will be made in full scale as soon as the statue of Andrew, which is being carried out by Galli under my supervision, is complete…”