Inventory number
P02806
Author
Cano, Alonso (Spanish)
Title
The Miracle of the Well
Chronology
1638-1640
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
216 cm x 149 cm
School
Española
Theme
Religión
On display
Yes
Provenance
Acquisition, 1941

A depiction of one of the miracles of Saint Isidore (XII), the patron saint of Madrid, who made many miracles. Here, after his son had fallen into a well, the water miraculously rose to the top, carrying the child up with it, thanks to his fathers' prayers, and those of his mother, Saint Mary of the Head.

Cano stands out for his rapid brushstrokes and very rich palette, which he learned while at court. There, he studied parintings from the Venetian school that were in the Royal Collection.

This work was painted for the main altarpiece of the church of Santa María de la Almundena in Madrid, at the behest of Queen Isabel de Bourbon. From there, it was taken to the convent of las Bernardas del Santísimo Sacramento, also in Madrid.

It entered the Prado Museum in 1941.

 
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