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Saint John of Capistrano
Arco, Alonso del
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Arco, Alonso del

Madrid (Spain), 1635 - Madrid (Spain), 1704

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Saint John of Capistrano

Second half of the XVII century. Oil on canvas. On display elsewhere

In this representation of Saint John of Capistrano, the painter has faithfully followed his traditional iconography. Dressed in a Franciscan habit with a red cross on it, he stands beneath a shining star. He holds a standard created by Saint Bernardino of Sienna—John of Capistrano was his disciple when he entered the Order of Saint Francis— with the nails of Christ´s crucifixion and his IHS monogram. An ottoman at his feet recalls his ardent sermons against the Turks, which decisively contributed to their defeat at the battle of Belgrade in 1456.

As frequently occurs in works by this artist, conventional elements drawn from the repertoire—in this case, the figures of defeated Turks and fleeing devils that symbolize heresy—are combined with details typical of his approach, such as the saint´s face or the cherubs´ heads in the upper left corner. Once again, he accentuates small still-life details such as the medallion hanging from the saint´s neck and, notwithstanding the differences, this clearly reflects his studies with Pereda.

Compositionally, this work can be considered parallel to Saint Rose of Viterbo (P5357). The fact that both canvases are the same size and both depict Franciscan saints suggests they may have been commissioned together for one of the Franciscan convents in Madrid that disappeared with the ecclesiastical disentailment of 1836. Moreover, the fact that Saint Rose of Viterbo is signed confirms the present work´s attribution to Alonso del Arco.

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Saint Rose of Viterbo
Oil on canvas, Second half of the XVII century
Inventory number
P003530
Author
Arco, Alonso del
Title
Saint John of Capistrano
Date
Second half of the XVII century
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 222 cm.; Width: 140 cm.
Provenance
Museo de la Trinidad

Bibliography +

Cruzada Villaamil, Gregorio, Catálogo provisional, historial y razonado del Museo Nacional de Pinturas, Madrid, 1865.

Espinós, Adela; Orihuela, Mercedes y Royo Villanova, Mercedes, ''El Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Madrid. II. Convento de San Pascual, Boletín del Museo del Prado, I, 1980, pp. 100.

Galindo, Natividad, Presencia de Alonso del Arco en los fondos del Museo del Prado, Boletín del Museo del Prado, IV, 1983, pp. 111-114.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, II. Museo de la Trinidad, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1991.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de la Trinidad, Pintura. Núm. 816.
816. / Sn FRANco DE CUERPO ENTº Y TAMº NAT.L DE PIE ENCIMA DE UN TURCO, CON UNA BANDERA EN LA MANO IZQda / AUTOR / RECTIFdo ALTO 2,22 ANCHO 1,41 / ID.ID.ID. / Nº 25 / E.I.

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Location +

Madrid - Convento de San Pascual (Deposit)

Update date: 06-05-2019 | Registry created on 28-10-2016

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