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The Conversion and Baptism of St. Augustine by St. Ambrose

Artist
Juan de Valdés Leal, Spanish, 1622–1690
Date
1673
Material
Oil on canvas
Made in
Seville, Spain, Europe
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 236
Dimensions
65 1/8 x 43 in. (165.4 x 109.2 cm)
framed: 70 x 47 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (177.8 x 120.7 x 5.7 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
1:1964
NOTES
Energetic brushwork, rich color contrasts, and an angled view into the church interior enliven this image of two important events in a saint’s life. The painting was one of seven canvases portraying the life of St. Ambrose (c.334/340–397), bishop of Milan, painted by Juan de Valdés Leal. Accompanied by an altarpiece of the Virgin and Child in Glory by Bartolomé Estebán Murillo, this painting formed part of a decorative cycle for the lower oratory of the Archbishop’s Palace in Seville. It depicts St.Ambrose converting St.Augustine to Christianity (foreground) and Augustine’s subsequent baptism on April 24, 387 (background at right).
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