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Saint Potenciana and Saint Euphrasius
Cano, Alonso
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Cano, Alonso

Granada, 1601 - Granada, 1667

Cano, Alonso See author's file

Saint Potenciana and Saint Euphrasius

Ca. 1657. Grey-brown wash, Ink on yellow paper.
Not on display

Saint Potenciana and Saint Euphrasius are depicted standing on pedestals to the left and the right of the page. Above and behind Saint Potenciana there is a garland of fruits, and in the upper middle part (which is slightly damaged), a small angel flanking a space in the shape of a coat of arms.

The careful and planned interplay between the contours and the opaque watercolour, as well as the subdued preparation, are very typical of Cano. There is another drawing and a printed cover that are very closely related to this one. The drawing corresponds to Saint Potenciana and Saint Euphrasius (around 1657) and it is preserved in The Courtauld Institute. The printed cover depicts the Life and Martyrdom, Passage and Miracles of Saint Euphrasius, Bishop and Patron Saint of Andújar, by Mr Antonio Terrones y Robles. Cano’s contribution to the design of this cover reveals that his contact with engravers and publishers from Madrid also continued in Granada. The absence of inscriptions on the pedestals of the Saints leads to the hypothesis that Cano’s drawing may represent a study model that could be adapted as a cover for more than one book, or even that it was intended for letters patents, for which Pacheco and others often produced designs.

Veliz, Zahira, Alonso Cano (1601-1667): dibujos, Santander, Fundación Marcelino Botín, 2009, p.398-401; Nº 84


Technical data

Inventory number
Cano, Alonso
Saint Potenciana and Saint Euphrasius
Ca. 1657
Grey-brown wash; Ink
Yellow paper
Height: 176 mm; Width: 124 mm
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier, Dibujos Españoles.Vol. IV. Alonso Cano, IV, Hauser y Menet, Madrid, 1930, pp. 333.

Martinez Chumillas, Manuel, Alonso Cano: estudio monográfico de la obra del insigne que fue de la catedral de Granada, Carlos Jaime, Madrid, 1949, pp. 157-158.

Wethey, Harold, Alonso Cano's drawings, The Art bulletin, 34, 1952, pp. 233, nº LII.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de dibujos Vol. I. Dibujos españoles, siglos XV-XVII / por A. E. Pérez Sánchez, Madrid, 1972, pp. 59.

Moreno Garrido, Antonio, El grabado en Granada durante el siglo XVII, Cuadernos de arte de la Universidad de Granada, 13, 1976, pp. nº 213.

Spanish Drawings From the Witt Collection, University of London, Londres, 1978, pp. 15, nº 26.

Wethey, H.E., Los Dibujos de Alonso Cano.Separata, Universidad de Granada, Granada, 1979, pp. 559.

Wethey, Harold, Alonso Cano: pintor, escultor y arquitecto, Alianza Editorial, Madrid, 1983, pp. 168, nº 69.

Véliz, Zahira, Alonso Cano's Drawings and Related Works, Courtald Institute-London Univ., Londres, 1998, pp. nº 72.

Alonso Cano dibujos, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2001, pp. 190, nº 78.

Veliz, Zahira, Alonso Cano (1601-1667): dibujos, Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander, 2009, pp. 398-401; Nº 84.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 88.

Inv. General, Sección 3ª. Dibujos, grabados, acuarelas y miniaturas, 1879. Núm. 140.
Numeracion Antigua 88. [Numeración] Moderna 140. Un Santo Obispo y una Santa con una palma en la mano y una angelito q. sostiene una corona. A. A. Cano. alto 0,20 ancho 0,15. marco negro y cristal.

Inv. Dibujos, Fondo Antiguo. Núm. 57.

Inscriptions +

nº. 88
Inscribed. Front, lower central area

Update date: 21-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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