Spanish School of the 18th century, Holy martyr missionary. In this atypical scene of the Spanish Baroque we find depicted what could be a holy martyr missionary. The habit, the coast, the ship and the wooden structure at the head of the figure can be interpreted as an allegory of being in strange lands, preaching the word of God (crucifix and book), where the aspect of the saint, dying, looking at the sky and expecting a martyrdom at the foot of what can be a scaffold can be understood as the premonition of so many deaths that were given to missionaries in exotic places, in this case, it could be interpreted, Japan. And it would not be strange because the lives of those martyrs were collected in many books of the 18th century, more specifically, and to give an example, in the Flos sanctorum by P Pedro de Ribadeneyra where a chapter is dedicated to these missionaries, I quote: "Life of the Twenty-six Martyrs, who were crucified for Christo in the Kingdoms of Japan"
Avoiding the most figurative aspect of martyrdom, possibly, the author represents with a single figure and with the allegory that chapter of the history of Christianity in Japan.
Work of good workmanship and of considerable format, in popular style but with good technique, rare for the theme. In the state of origin, with pictorial flaws and some scratches. It has been slightly restored and placed into a contemporary frame for its protection. 63 x 112 x 3 cm, the painting.
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- Textiles, Wood
- Estimated Period
- First half 18th century
- Country of Origin
- Fair condition - heavily used & with possibly minor parts missing
- 71×121×3 cm