St. John of the Cross, large religious painting oil on canvas, Spain 17th -18th

St. John of the Cross, large religious painting oil on canvas, Spain 17th -18th

Baroque representation of the "Saint John of the cross vision".

 

Oil on canvas,

Artist unknown.

Spanish school

17th - 18th Century transition

In original frame

 

Measurements

 

47 cm tall x 66 cm wide

18,5 Inch tall x 26 Inch wide

 

Painting produced in the transition from the 17th to the 18th centuries, we can see the attributes of the Spanish XVII & XVIII century school transition such as realistic painting with tenebrous chiaroscuro Italian elements coming togheter with newer, more dynamic and colorful details like the angel holding a heart in vivid and colorful red robes.

 

Saint John of the cross vision iconography

 

Saint John of the Cross wearing the carmelite cloak is represented here in serene ecstasy while standing before the famous vision he had in the convent of Segovia, Spain, in which he dialogues with Jesus Christ on his way to Calvary, that's why Christ apears with the burden of the cross. 

 

At the bottom we can see an angel holding a burning heart, symbol of the burning passion of Saint John for Christ, and a scroll with the inscription in latin: "pati et contemni orate" which translates to: "suffer undervalued and pray".

 

This inscription refers to part of the vision when Christ asks him: "Ioannes, quid vis pro laboribus?" (Juan, what do you want for your work for me?) To which the saint replies "Domine pati et contemni pro te" (Lord, suffer and be despised for you).

 

Other attributes:

 

Altar on the right with a skull (Memento Mori), lilies (Purity, justice, charity and hope) and a crucifix between 2 candles.

 

Condition

 

Overall condition is excelent, ready to be hang, there is a small restoration done at the top of the canvas in a dark and unimportant area which is hardly noticible. (As shown in the pictures)

 

Provenance

German private collection

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  • Condition

    Overall condition is excelent, ready to be hang, there is a small restoration done at the top of the canvas in a dark and unimportant area which is hardly noticible. (As shown in the pictures)

$1,300.00Price