Inventory number
P00815
Author
El Greco
Title
Saint Anthony of Padua
Chronology
Ca. 1580
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
104 cm x 79 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
Convento de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles, Madrid, hasta 1838; Museo de la Trinidad, 1838-1872.

An exceptional depiction of this saint from Lisbon holding a spray of white lilies in his right hand. In his left hand is a book with a small image of the Christ Child, a later addition that adapts this painting to the most common iconography of this Franciscan saint.

The sculptural style of the saint's figure, the signature of El Greco, and the tenebrous background are similar to other works from the artist's first period in Toledo. This work is signed on the upper edge of the book in Greek capital letters.

 
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