Samuel H. Kress Collection © 1993 National Gallery of Art, Washington

“Cast Nets and Musht” could be the title of Duccio di Buoninsegna’s painting, “The Calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew,” pictured here. Several clues in the Gospels indicate to Mendel Nun, chronicler of the ancient history of the Sea of Galilee, that a great draught of musht (known popularly as St. Peter’s fish) filled the apostles’ cast nets when they fished on the Sea of Galilee. But the Sienese artist (active 1278–1318/19) clearly did not glean the evidence from the Gospels that would have allowed him accurately to depict the fish, nets, place and time of the day.