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Title Vision of St Anthony of Padua
Alternative Title St Anthony of Padua and the Christ Child
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Murillo, Bartolomé Estebán (Spanish painter and draftsman, 1618-1682)
Date Earliest about 1650
Date Latest about 1655
Description Bartolomé Estebán Murillo was popular in his own time, and held the position of first President of the Seville Academy (1660). His work typifies the works of the Counter-Reformation. St Anthony was a Franciscan friar and Doctor of the Church. According to legend, he saw a vision of the Christ Child whilst working in his room. Also known as St Anthony of Padua and the Christ Child, this was a popular theme during the Counter-Reformation which initiated the cult of the infant Christ. In the highly-charged atmosphere of Counter-Reformation art, the Christ Child is depicted as sweet and appealing emphasising his humanity and accessibility.
Current Accession Number 1974P24
Former Accession Number P.24´74
Subject religion (St Anthony of Padua, infant Christ)
Measurements 209.8 x 144.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Her Majesty's Government 1974.
Provenance Purchased by John Blackwood in Spain, about 1760; given to Mary Catherine Defaguiliers, grandaughter of John Blackwood on her marriage to William Cartwright of Aynho Park, Northamptonshire; Trustees of Cartwright Estate until 1974; accepted by H. M. Treasury in lieu of death duties (capital transfer tax.).
Principal Exhibitions British Institution, London, 1839.
Publications Catalogue of Paintings in Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, 1960; Iniguez, D. A., Murillo, vol. 2, 1981, no. 280; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 104.
Notes Similar versions by Murillo were sold at Christie's, 16 December 1988, lot 15 and at Sotheby's 9 December 1987, lot. 40. Variants listed in Iniguez are in Berlin, K. F. Museum; Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg; Kilmorey, London; Galliard, Paris; Seville Cathedral; Herencia de Pages, Seville; Prado, Madrid.
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth



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