Inventory number
P03134
Author
Cano, Alonso
Title
Saint Bernard and the Virgin
Chronology
Seventeenth Century
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
267 cm x 185 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
Collection of the Infante Sebastián Gabriel de Borbón, 1835; Museo de la Trinidad, 1835-1861; Infante Sebastián Gabriel de Borbón, 1861; Museo del Prado (acquisition from Manuel González), 1968.

This scene from the life of Saint Bernard (twelfth century), depicts the moment when the saint received a stream of milk from a statue of the Virgin and Child, on the altar. A Cardinal watches the miracle with his hands joined in prayer.

This work combines a monumental sense of forms with a very delicate treatment of color, which are the characteristics Cano's painting acquired after he got to know the Royal Collections.

This is probably the work listed as part of the altarpiece of the Capuchin monks of Toledo that was thus made by Alonso Cano in one or the other of his two long stays at court.

 
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