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James the Pilgrim by Juan de Juanes

  • Saint James the pilgrim. Pilgrimage Museum. Santiago de Compostela © Ministerio de Cultura

    Saint James the pilgrim. Pilgrimage Museum. Santiago de Compostela © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Painting

Date

1560-1570

Cultural background

Renaissance

Original title

Santiago peregrino de Juan de Juanes
Museum of Santiago and the Pilgrimages
Santiago de Compostela
A Coruña, Galicia

This unquestionably high quality painting provides an exceptional chance to discover one of the most important Spanish painters in the 16th century, whose creations became very popular.

This oil on board comes from the church of the Convent of Corona de Jesús de los Religiosos Recoletos de San Francisco in Valencia. It is an image that was devised to tug at the heartstrings of the faithful, and few artists managed to do this as well as Juanes. His creations were sensitive and moving, to make people feel compassion for the saint.
It depicts James with a stylised and tender face, deep in thought and a little sad. It is a beautiful and pleasant portrait that invites the onlooker to feel devotion. The artist dominates the large masses of colour very skilfully, which become the protagonists of this balanced and studied composition.
 

Details of the work

Object
Painting

Dimensions
Height = 70 cm; Length = 56 cm

Technique
Oil on board

  

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