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St. Thomas not being with the other Apostles when Jesus Christ appeared to them, after his resurrection, refused to give belief to it; but a few days after, as they were together in a house, the doors of which were shut, Jesus stood among them, and said: « Peace be untoyou. Then saith he to Thomas, reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side : and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, my Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed : blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. »
In this picture, Van Dyck has well delineated the expression of St. Thomas's incredulity yielding, though with difficulty, to evidence, and his divine master mildly reproaching him for having refused to believe what had been affirmed by the other disciples. The attitude of our Saviour is most gracefully easy, but more correctness in the drawing would have been desired, in order that it might the better correspond with the extreme beauty of the colouring.
This picture is now in the Hermitage Gallery, at St. Petersburg.
Height, 4 feet 9 # inches; width, 3 feet 7 # inches.