Inventory number
P00625
Author
Cano, Alonso
Title
Saint Benedict's Vision of the Globe and the three Angels
Chronology
1658 - 1660
Technique
Oil
Support
canvas
Dimensions
166 cm x 123 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection (New Royal Palace, Madrid, “tercera pieza de la Furriera”, 1747, n. 180; New Royal Palace, Madrid, “sacristía de la real capilla”, 1772, n. 180; New Royal Palace, Madrid, “pieza de paso que va a la librería”, 1794, n. 180; Royal Palace, Madrid, “tercer gabinete-paso a la librería”, 1814-1818, n. 180)

A native of the province of Nursia, the holy abbot that founded the Benedictine Order in the sixth century appears inside his cell, where he witnesses the apparition of a globe held by three angels in the presence of the Trinity.

This work denotes the Venetian influences which Cano absorbed in court, allowing him to create a canvas characterized by a magnificent use of paint, resolving colors with warm tones in order to transmit the experience of his vision. He even goes so far as to alter anatomical orthodoxy for expressive purposes, as can be seen in the Saint's extremely long fingers, which he depicts with a great economy of means. At the same time, the fine and confident rendering of the face shows that he is one of the most powerful draftsmen of his time.

 
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