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The penitent Saint Jerome
Oil on panel. 1525 - 1530
Anonymous
The penitent Saint Jerome
Oil on panel. 1525 - 1530
Anonymous

Located against a background landscape resembling those of Joachim Patinir (c. 1480-1524), Saint Jerome kneels in prayer before a crucifix and skull. In this case he is not depicted inside a cave or by its entrance. His red robe and hat identify him as a cardinal while the book refers to his role as a Father of the Church and the translator of the Bible into Latin. Behind him is the lion who accom

Dama y niña
Oil on panel. 1567
Cronenburch, Adriaen Van
Dama y niña
Oil on panel. 1567
Cronenburch, Adriaen Van

These four portraits of women, two double ones and two single ones (P02073, P02075 and P02076) presented standing and down to kneelevel, use the same architectural setting. The series is given visual unity by the use of a central niche and two more, barely visible ones at the sides, separated by masonry pillars and decorated with small lions’ heads in the centre.This use of shared elements is prob

The dead Christ
Oil on canvas. 1663
Escalante, Juan Antonio de Frías y
The dead Christ
Oil on canvas. 1663
Escalante, Juan Antonio de Frías y

In this painting, following His crucifixion and descent from the Cross, the body of Christ lies upon a white cloth. On His left is a beam of the cross bearing the sign that identifies Him as King of the Jews and the skull that, according to tradition, indicated that Calvary had been the burial site of Adam. At the other end of the painting, a washbasin recalls the tradition of the arma Christi, an

Saint Bruno Prays in La Torre, Calabria
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1632
Carducho, Vicente
Saint Bruno Prays in La Torre, Calabria
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1632
Carducho, Vicente

On August 29, 1626, King Philip IV’s painter, Vicente Carducho (ca. 1576-1638), signed a contract for the creation of a cycle of paintings to celebrate the founding of the Carthusian Order by Saint Bruno and its leading members. This colossal undertaking sought to visually narrate numerous episodes from the Carthusians’ history and tradition. It was the most complete commission ever dedicated to t

Saint Jerome
Oil on canvas. First third of the XVII century
Tristán, Luis (Workshop Of)
Saint Jerome
Oil on canvas. First third of the XVII century
Tristán, Luis (Workshop Of)

Representación del santo que dirige su mirada al crucifijo, mientras que distintos elementos iconográficos como la calavera y la trompeta aluden al final de los tiempos.

The Penitent Magdalene
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Cerrini, Giovanni Domenico
The Penitent Magdalene
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Cerrini, Giovanni Domenico

Lady with a Yellow Flower
Oil on panel. Ca. 1567
Cronenburch, Adriaen Van
Lady with a Yellow Flower
Oil on panel. Ca. 1567
Cronenburch, Adriaen Van

These four portraits of women, two double ones and two single ones (P02074, P02075 and P02076) presented standing and down to kneelevel, use the same architectural setting. The series is given visual unity by the use of a central niche and two more, barely visible ones at the sides, separated by masonry pillars and decorated with small lions’ heads in the centre.This use of shared elements is prob

Saint Francis in Prayer
Oil on canvas. 1659
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Saint Francis in Prayer
Oil on canvas. 1659
Zurbarán, Francisco de

We can identify Saint Francis by his habit, his rope belt and the wound on his right hand. He raises his gaze towards heaven and holds a skull in his left hand. A crucifix rests on a book in front of him in this scene that presents him deep in prayer as a direct result of his meditations.Painted in Madrid in 1659 during the final years of Zurbarán’s life, Saint Francis at Prayer is a paradi

Saint Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

The thin naked torso, the cloth made from rushes, the skull and the book suggest that the figure in the painting is a hermit; the bread crust in the foreground tells us that it is Saint Paul, the first hermit, who was brought half a loaf of bread every day by a raven.

The Vision of Dionisio Rickel, The Carthusian
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1632
Carducho, Vicente
The Vision of Dionisio Rickel, The Carthusian
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1632
Carducho, Vicente

On August 29, 1626, King Philip IV’s painter, Vicente Carducho (ca. 1576-1638), signed a contract for the creation of a cycle of paintings to celebrate the founding of the Carthusian Order by Saint Bruno and its leading members. This colossal undertaking sought to visually narrate numerous episodes from the Carthusians’ history and tradition. It was the most complete commission ever dedicated to t

Penitent Magdalen
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban (Copy)
Penitent Magdalen
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban (Copy)

Saint Jerome
Oil on oak panel. 1530 - 1540
Massys, Jan (Workshop Of)
Saint Jerome
Oil on oak panel. 1530 - 1540
Massys, Jan (Workshop Of)

The workshop of Jan Massys (c. 1509-1575) in Amberes produced a number of copies of this image based on a protoype by Quinten Massys, Jan’s father. Notable is the saint’s powerful look, which bestows dignity upon him. In line with new humanist ideas, the Church Father’s appearance of an aged scholar is abandoned, while the reference to the transience of life made through the skull and the depictio

Landscape with Saint Jerome
Oil on panel. 1516 - 1517
Patinir, Joachim
Landscape with Saint Jerome
Oil on panel. 1516 - 1517
Patinir, Joachim

Patinir shows St Jerome sitting inside the wooden shack that leans against the rocks in the foreground. As with the Landscape with the Martyrdom of St Catherine in Vienna (Kunsthistorisches Museum), the painter here raises the line of the horizon, leading to an increase in the space devoted to the landscape and the consequent reduction of the sky (although this has been cut down still further, it

Penitent Magdalen
Oil on canvas. 1579
Carvajal, Luis de
Penitent Magdalen
Oil on canvas. 1579
Carvajal, Luis de

Luis de Carvajal was a Toledan painter who trained in Rome and subsequently at El Escorial, a flourishing centre for Spanish painting in the first half of the seventeenth century. The manner in which the penitent Magdalen’s figure is bathed in light emphasises her sensual body. The visual potency of the Italian Renaissance formulas on which this work is based ensured their survival during the Baro

Lady and Girl
Oil on panel. 1567
Cronenburch, Adriaen Van
Lady and Girl
Oil on panel. 1567
Cronenburch, Adriaen Van

These four portraits of women, two double ones and two single ones (P02073, P02074 and P02076) presented standing and down to kneelevel, use the same architectural setting. The series is given visual unity by the use of a central niche and two more, barely visible ones at the sides, separated by masonry pillars and decorated with small lions’ heads in the centre.This use of shared elements is prob

Saint Mary of Egypt
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Mary of Egypt
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

The painting is among a group of eight full-length single-figure composition of saints by Ribera that in 1658 were in the Madrid collection of Don Jerónimo de la Torre, a member of the Royal Council and secretary of State of Flanders. The series included four pictures that are now in the Prado -this Saint Mary of Egipt, Saint John the Baptist in the Desert (P01108), Mary Magdalene (P01103)

The Penintent Saint Jerome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1650
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Penintent Saint Jerome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1650
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

Jerome meditates before a crucifix in the solitude of his retreat. The numerous objects depicted around him refer to different aspects of his life. The books, papers and writing equipment allude to his celebrated intellectual activities, the skull to his acts of penitence, and the red hat to his status as a cardinal.

Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy
Oil on canvas. 1627 - 1632
Dyck, Anthony Van
Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy
Oil on canvas. 1627 - 1632
Dyck, Anthony Van

The saint is depicted leaning on a boulder, in a state of mystical ecstasy following his meditation on death. That meditation is symbolized by the skull, cross and book. He is comforted by a musician angel, as is told in the book The Little Flowers of Saint Francis (Part II, second consideration). This work is from the artist´s second period in Antwerp, where he lived from 1627 to 1632 before leav

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