ROELAS, Juan de las
(b. ca. 1570, Flanders, d. 1625, Olivares)
Calling of St Peter and St Andrewc. 1610
Oil on oak panel, 50 x 149 cm
Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao
The two panels from the chapel of the Flemish in the no longer existent College of St Thomas Aquinas in Seville, Calling of St Peter and St Andrew, and St Andrew Preaching, belonged to the altarpiece dedicated to St Andrew. The main theme of the ensemble was the work Martyrdom of St Andrew, and it also included a Baby Jesus in the tabernacle, both of which are now kept at the Fine Arts Museum in Seville.
The Calling of St Peter and St Andrew depicts the moment when Christ, walking by the sea of Galilee, called the fishermen Peter and Andrew and asked them to follow him and become "fishers of men". The theme is treated in a naturalistic way, with rich colours, warm tones and smooth free-flowing brushstrokes. Roelas pays great attention to certain aspects of reality in this work, such as the tree trunk and the chain of psychological reactions of the characters.