Molanus discusses the way St. Bartholomew should be depicted, he urges painters not to follow the words of an apocryphal source.
“About Bartholomew, we find in the pseudo-Abdias these demonic words: black and wavy hair, white complexion, large eyes, straight and medium nose, abundant beard, with a few white hairs, medium height, he was dressed in purple on a short white tunic, and he wore a white cloak with shining precious stones at each corner. But we will act more rigorously by representing him without paying attention to the words of this demonic liar. He has such authority that even if he were to say the truth, faith would have no obligation. Still, he says that the apostle Bartholomew dressed in purple and precious stones, and when he adds immediately afterwards: Twenty-six years ago his clothes and sandals did not wear out or get dirty. He prays, making a hundred genuflections a day and a hundred a night. The angels accompany him and do not allow him to become tired or exhausted.”
“De Bartholomaeo habet Pseudoabdias verba daemonis, capilli eius nigri et crispi, caro candida, oculi grandes, nares coaequales et directae, barba prolixa, habens pancos canos, statura aequalis, collobio albo elevato et purpura vestitur, induiter albo pallio quod per singulos angulos habet gemmas purpureas. Sed rectius facit, qui in pingendo hae mendacis daemonis verba non attendit. Talis est enim eius authoritas, quod etiam si vera dicat, fides tamen ei non sit adhibenda. Interim satis aperte hic mentitur dum dicit Barholomaeum Apostolum purpura vestiri et femmis et dum immediate subdit, viginti sex anni sunt ex quo vestes et sandalia eius nec veterascunt, nex sordidantur. Centies flexis genibus er diem orat et centies per noctem, angeli cum eo ambulant, qui numquam eum fatigari nex esurite permittunt.”
Molanus 1996, 288.