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Saint Joseph with the Christ Child Sleeping in his Arms
Camilo, Francisco
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Camilo, Francisco

Madrid (Spain), 1615 - Madrid (Spain), 1673

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Saint Joseph with the Christ Child Sleeping in his Arms

1652. Oil on canvas.
On display elsewhere

Until now, this canvas was thought to come from San Felipe el Real in Madrid, as Cruzada Villaamil (1865, no. 544, p. 38) mistakenly registered it. He believed it was one of the canvases mentioned by Palomino at that Augustine convent: "in a chapel beside the door to the cloisters there is a painting by him of Saint Joachim leading Our Lady as a girl by the hand; and another painting coupled with this one, of Saint Joseph with the Christ Child in his arms" (1724, ed. 1988, p. 323). However, Palomino immediately referred to "two other paintings on the same subjects" that were part of the main altarpiece of the Sanctuary of the Virgin of la Fuencisla in Segovia, which are still there, and which show Saint Joaquin walking hand-in-hand with the Virgin and Saint Joseph, standing with the Christ Child." The description of the paintings that painter Juan Gálvez gathered in Toledo, dated July 7, 1836, and the commission inventories signed by him, as well as the general inventory of paintings in storage at the Museo de la Trinidad and chosen by the Academy´s commission, which includes very reliable dimensions for each work, assure this work´s provenience from the convent of El Carmen Descalzo in Toledo. There, it would have been coupled with Saint Anne, Saint Joachim and the Virgin (P5171), which has the same dimensions, is dated the same year, and presents a complementary subject.

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Camilo, Francisco
Saint Joseph with the Christ Child Sleeping in his Arms
Height: 234 cm; Width: 174 cm
Toledo, convent of the Barefoot Carmelites; Museo de la Trinidad

Bibliography +

Angulo, Diego, Francisco Camilo, Archivo español de arte y arqueología, 1959, pp. 93.

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

Museo Nacional del Prado, El ''Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Huesca. Museo, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XV, 1994, pp. 87.

Álvarez Lopera, José, El museo de la Trinidad: historia, obras y documentos, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2009, pp. 87.

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Catálogo Museo de la Trinidad, 1865. Núm. 544.
ESCUELA MADRILEÑA. [...] FRANCISCO CAMILO. [...] 544. S. José y el Niño. / Lienzo. - Al. 2,34. - An. 1,74. - Fig. t. n. c. e. / Firmado, Francisco Camilo faciebat 1652. / Sentado en una silla se ve al patriarca S. José teniendo en sus brazos al niño Jesus dormido. En la parte superior gloria de ángeles; a los pies del Santo un compás y una regla. De S. Felipe el Real de Madrid.

Inv. Museo de la Trinidad, Pintura. Núm. 544.
544. / S.n José sentado en una silla con el Niño dormido en los brazos en la parte alta se ve una gloria con el espíritu santo figª de tamº nat.l y cuerpo entº / autor fº Camilo / alto 2,34 ancho 1,74 / / Nº 27 / S.G.

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Francisco Camilo faciebat 1652
Signed and dated. Front

Location +

Huesca - Museo de Huesca (Deposit)

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Update date: 19-10-2022 | Registry created on 18-04-2018

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