|St Luke the Evangelist (detail). |
Artist: Domenico Ghirlandaio.
Date: 1486-90. Medium: Fresco.
Location: Cappella Tornabuoni,
Santa Maria Novella, Florence
Luke is a Syrian of Antioch , a Syrian by race, a physician by profession. He had become a disciple of the apostles and later followed Paul until his [Paul's] martyrdom. Having served the Lord continuously, unmarried and without children, filled with the Holy Spirit he died at the age of 84 years.
Some manuscripts add that Luke died "in Thebes, the capital of Boeotia". All of these facts support the conclusion that Luke was associated with Paul.