4:18-20 and Mark 1:16-18 Jesus sees Simon and Andrew
casting their nets into the sea. He invites them to come
with him and be "fishers of men." Andrew is not mentioned
somewhat different account of the call (5:1-11). In
John's gospel (1:35-42) he is one of two disciples
of John the Baptist who decide to follow Jesus.
Andrew then recruits his brother Simon, whom Jesus
renames "Cephas, which is interpreted Peter."
In the boat
Simon and what must be Andrew cast the net into a sea
teeming with fishes. Simon has the same gray hair and short, square beard that he wears elsewhere in
these mosaics. At the oars, Andrew has wild hair, as is
common in early portraits of him and seen again in the
scenes of the
loaves-and-fishes miracle and the Garden of
Gethsemane. He wears a simple gray tunic; Simon's
is white and striped, like the togas on the apostles in
the other panels. Jesus invites the two with a blessing
gesture, his fingers
"Old Believer" configuration.
The man on the far
right dressed as an apostle probably does not
represent anyone in particular. If he is
anyone, he could be the evangelist telling the
story, the unnamed second disciple in
John, or even Andrew referring his brother to
Jesus (in which case the other man in the boat
would simply be a fellow fisherman, lacking
the striped white tunic because he is not
being called to discipleship).