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The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew
Camilo, Francisco
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Camilo, Francisco

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

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The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew

XVII century. Oil on canvas.
Not on display

According to Camilo´s contemporaries, he was outstanding at depicting delicate matters. As Palomino put it, his genius was strongly inclined towards the soft and devout. The violent subject of Saint Bartholomew´s flaying is therefore exceptional in his production and it draws on various compositions by other artists. The overall scheme necessarily recalls Ribera and his well-known print of the same event, although it is really closer to the canvas now at the Stockholm Museum, which he may have known directly. The posture of the main executioner, who holds a knife in his teeth as he pulls the skin from the saint´s raised arm, is practically identical in both compositions, but Camilo´s interpretation, at least in this figure, is notably softer: the executioner looks away from the wound and lacks the cold indifference of Ribera´s henchman. The other executioner, seen from the back with a raised arm, appears to be drawn from classic Roman-Bolognese art.

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Camilo, Francisco
The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew
XVII century
Height: 205 cm; Width: 249 cm
Madrid, Convent of San Hermenegildo, of the Barefoot Carmelites; Museo de la Trinidad

Bibliography +

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

Angulo, D., Francisco Camilo, Archivo español de arte y arqueología, 32, 1959, pp. 104.

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 110.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Carreño, Rizi, Herrera y la pintura madrileña de su tiempo, Ministerio de Cultura. Banco Herrero, Madrid, 1986, pp. nº127, 291.

Palomino de Castro y Velasco, Acisclo Antonio, Vidas, Alianza Editorial, Madrid, 1986, pp. 232.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas (II). Museo de la Trinidad, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1991, pp. nº467.

Buendía, José Rogelio, El Prado. Colecciones de Pintura, Lunwerg Editores, Madrid, 1994, pp. 125.

Castillo-Ojugas, Antonio, Una visita médica al Museo del Prado, You & Us, Madrid, 1998, pp. 41.

Museo Nacional del Prado, El Museo de la Trinidad en el Prado, El Museo de la Trinidad en el Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 133.

Peña de la, Concepción, La imagen del mártir en el Barroco: el ánimo invencible, Archivo español de arte, LXXXV, 2012, pp. 147-164 [159].

Other inventories +

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1873-1907. Núm. 2149a.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1910. Núm. 623.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1942-1996. Núm. 623.

Inv. Museo de la Trinidad, Pintura. Núm. 467.
467 / Sn Bartolome en el Martirio á la / Dra. del espectador un sayon qe le esta atando / á un arbol figs de tamº nat.l y cuerpo entero / Autor Camilo [Nota en registro inferior] Rectifdo Alto 2,05 Ancho 2,49 [Nota en margen derecho] id id id [Nota en margen izquierdo] N 56 / S. g.

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Camilo ft.
Signed. Front

Exhibitions +

Museo de la Trinidad
19.07.2004 - 03.10.2004

Update date: 09-04-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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