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Saint Clare Driving Away the Infidels with the Eucharist
Arredondo, Isidoro
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Arredondo, Isidoro

Colmenar de Oreja, Madrid (Spain), 1657 - Madrid (Spain), 1702

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Saint Clare Driving Away the Infidels with the Eucharist

1693. Oil on canvas.
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This painting is of considerable interest as there are very few surviving works by this artist, who was a fine example of the last generation of great decorators from Madrid. The architectural setting is notable in its resemblance to Claudio Coello´s manner, as are the figures of the angels. The color scheme is warm but rather muted, with handsome yellows, ochers and grayish greens that are not, however, shiny, as the dominant color is the saint´s dark brown habit. A preparatory drawing for this work at the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh presents the definitive composition, although with certain variants, especially the absence of the worshiping angel in the middle ground and the warrior fleeing to the right. That soldier was probably added during the painting process itself to fill a space that was acceptable in the reduced proportions of the drawing but less so on the comparatively larger canvas. His figure appears to have been taken from an entirely mannerist late 16th-century engraving.

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Arredondo, Isidoro
Saint Clare Driving Away the Infidels with the Eucharist
Height: 250 cm; Width: 180 cm
Madrid, Franciscan convent of Nuestra Señora de Constantinopla; Madrid, Museo de la Trinidad; Madrid, Ordoñez Collection; Barcelona, Rivière Collection; Barcelona, Saldaña Suanzes Collection; donation by José Ignacio Saldaña Suanzes, 1978

Bibliography +

Lafuente Ferrari, Enrique, Cuadros de maestros menores madrileños, Arte español, 2 ep., 1941, pp. 25.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Un lienzo de Arredondo para el Prado, Boletín del Museo del Prado, I, 1980, pp. 17-22.

Pita Andrade, José Manuel, Museo del Prado : adquisiciones de 1978 a 1981 : Casón del B..., Ministerio de Cultura, Dirección, Madrid, 1981, pp. nº2.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 24.

Sullivan, Edward J., Baroque painting in Madrid: the contribution of Claudio Coello, University of Missouri Press, Columbia, 1986, pp. 88 / lám. 57.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Carreño, Rizi, Herrera y la pintura madrileña de su tiempo, Ministerio de Cultura. Banco Herrero, Madrid, 1986, pp. 287, nº123.

Palomino de Castro y Velasco, Acisclo Antonio, Vidas, Alianza Editorial, Madrid, 1986, pp. 345.

Sullivan, Edward J., Claudio Coello y la pintura barroca madrileña, Nerea, Madrid, 1989, pp. 147, lám. 57.

Noticias. Depósitos. Madrid. Escuelas Pías de San José de Calasanz, Boletín del Museo del Prado, 15, 1994, pp. 98.

Noticias. Depósitos temporales. La Coruña. Museo de Bellas Artes, Boletín del Museo del Prado, 16, 1995, pp. 94.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, III, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996, pp. nº1942.

Álvarez Lopera, José, El museo de la Trinidad: historia, obras y documentos, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2009, pp. 85-86.

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Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1985. Núm. 3264.

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 1942.
1942 / Autor. ARREDONDO. / Asunto: Sta Clara / 2,50 x 1,80 / Cat. 3264. [Nota en margen izquierdo] Donativo. / Sr. Saldaña / Suances. (D. José) / 1978

Inscriptions +

Ysidoro. Arredondo. Fc.a / Pr. R[coronada] año 1693
Signed and dated. Front, lower right corner

Location +

Madrid - Consejo de Estado (Deposit)

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Monstrance: Custodia

Update date: 31-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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