At any rate, we have no concrete evidence of Bartholomew's ministry or whereabouts in the years that followed Jesus' resurrection. Some traditions suggest he went to what is now India and established churches there. But some early Church historians, including Eusebius, record that he went to Armenia, and was there martyred. It is said that he was skinned alive, then beheaded.
Michelangelo immortalized that tradition in his work on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, where Bartholomew is depicted holding his skin. The face of the saint is generally believed to be a self-portrait of the artist.