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Colossal Head
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Carducho, Vicente (Attributed To)
Colossal Head
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Carducho, Vicente (Attributed To)

This colossal head may be that of a giant, a figure taken from classical mythology in which such characters are described as being rough and primitive beings, possessed of remarkable strength and terrifying to look at. The first reference to the canvas (1661) locates it on a staircase in the Buen Retiro palace in Madrid, probably the one known as the buffoons staircase as it was hung with Vel&aacu

The Holy Family with Saint Joachim, Saint Anne, Zechariah, Saint Elizabeth, and the Infant Saint John the Baptist
Pencil ground, Grey-brown wash, White lead on yellow laid paper. 1630 - 1638
Carducho, Vicente
The Holy Family with Saint Joachim, Saint Anne, Zechariah, Saint Elizabeth, and the Infant Saint John the Baptist
Pencil ground, Grey-brown wash, White lead on yellow laid paper. 1630 - 1638
Carducho, Vicente

Preparatory drawing for a painting of the same subject, now held in a private collection in London but previously in Madrid at the end of the 19th century in the possession of the general Quesada. In this work, the Child sleeps on the lap of his mother, who holds him tenderly. The Virgin is depicted alongside Saint Joseph, with Saint Joachim and Saint Anne completing the scene to the left. Zechari

Saint Peter of Alcántara giving Communion to Saint Teresa of Jesus
Pencil, Pencil ground, Grey-brown wash, Squared-up, White lead on yellow laid paper. 1620 - 1630
Carducho, Vicente
Saint Peter of Alcántara giving Communion to Saint Teresa of Jesus
Pencil, Pencil ground, Grey-brown wash, Squared-up, White lead on yellow laid paper. 1620 - 1630
Carducho, Vicente

This drawing depicts a religious scene inside a temple, with a powerful arch that serves as a frame for the main group of figures. A kneeling nun is about to receive communion from the hands of a priest dressed in pontifical vestments. The priest is flanked by two acolytes, also kneeling, each one holding an altar candle. This scene has been traditionally interpreted as the communion of a saintly

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