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Visitation of the Virgin and Child to Saint Francis

  • Apparition of the Virgin and Child to Saint Francis © Ministerio de Cultura

    Apparition of the Virgin and Child to Saint Francis © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Painting

Date

1660-1670

Cultural background

Baroque

Original title

Aparición de la Virgen y el Niño a San Francisco
Guadalajara Museum
Guadalajara
Guadalajara, Castile-La Mancha
Guadalajara

The painting, the work of one of the most important 17th-century court painters, highlights his characteristic style and is validated with his signature.

Since opening, the Guadalajara Museum has included in its collection two works by Carreño: this “Visitation of the Virgin to Saint Francis” and an “Immaculate Conception”. Although the first work has been known by different names throughout its history –as it was alternately thought to represent Saint Anthony of Padua and San Felix of Cantalica– the artist’s signature in the lower left-hand corner leaves no doubt as to its attribution. It demonstrates the artist’s skill as a draftsman and his elegant use of colour, and the composition is in the form most commonly used for large-scale religious canvases by this painter, who was presented at court by Velázquez.

Details of the work

Object
Painting

Dimensions
Height: 152 cm; width: 97 cm.

Technique
Oil

Material
Canvas

  

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