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Flevit super illam
Oil on canvas. 1892
Simonet Lombardo, Enrique
Flevit super illam
Oil on canvas. 1892
Simonet Lombardo, Enrique

Simonet´s work is based on a passage from the Gospel of Saint Luke (19: 41) which prophesies the destruction of Jerusalem: “Videns Jesus civitatem flevit super illam” (And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it). Simonet focuses on conveying Christ?s most human aspect, while his intention to offer a realistic depiction led him to travel to Palestine to see the actual Biblical

Enrique Simonet y Baca, the artist’s father
Oil on canvas. 1893
Simonet Lombardo, Enrique
Enrique Simonet y Baca, the artist’s father
Oil on canvas. 1893
Simonet Lombardo, Enrique

Simonet painted this portrait in Malaga on his return from a study period in Rome and following the success of Flevit super illam (1892). The image conveys the artist’s esteem for his father, a land registrar who lived from 1830 to 1899. A cultured man, he actively supported his son’s artistic career and funded his first trip to Italy in 1885.

Self-portrait
Oil on canvas. 1910
Simonet Lombardo, Enrique
Self-portrait
Oil on canvas. 1910
Simonet Lombardo, Enrique

Painted shortly before he permanently settled in Madrid, this self-portrait shows Simonet engaged in painting. Visible in the background is the portrait of his father. The figure of the artist and the portrait are reversed due to the use of a mirror when painting the work. The unfinished lower right corner reveals the artist’s technique.

Asunción Castro Crespo, wife of the painter
Oil on canvas. 1914
Simonet Lombardo, Enrique
Asunción Castro Crespo, wife of the painter
Oil on canvas. 1914
Simonet Lombardo, Enrique

En los primeros meses de 1914, cuando su esposa estaba embarazada de su hijo Bernardo, que nació el 20 de marzo en Madrid, el pintor realizó este retrato que la representa con mantilla. Seguía con ello una moda habitual en los retratos femeninos desde el siglo XIX, que se hizo muy frecuente en las primeras décadas del XX. El pintor recurrió a menudo a su esposa para que le sirviera de modelo, como

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