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Benedictine Bishop Saint
  • School of Ribalta
    active 1551–1628
  • Benedictine Bishop Saint, early 1600s
  • Where object was made: Spain
  • oil on canvas
  • Canvas/Support: 108 x 90.2 cm
    Canvas/Support: 42 1/2 x 35 1/2 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Flannery Jr.
  • Not on display
  • 1966.0032
Description

Half-length portrait of a man (identified as Carmelite/Benedictine Bishop Saint) wearing a hooded robe over a dark robe. He is looking up and to the right and is bald on the top of his head. He has a halo and a slightly open mouth. He is carrying an open book in his proper left hand and there is a bishop’s crook/staff leaning against him. His proper right hand is open, palm up at chest height. There is a child with curly hair in the lower left portion of the painting who is carrying a bishop’s hat in both hands. In the top right quadrant there is a full-length female carrying a nude child (identified as the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ), surrounded by clouds. In the top left corner of the painting there is a window with sky and a tree in the background.