Thursday, March 01, 2007

Saint Rose of Lima, (20 April 1586 - 24 August 1617)

(b. 1635, Madrid, d. 1675, Madrid)
St Rose of Lima before the Madonna
Oil on canvas, 206 x 158,5 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

CAFFA, Melchiore
(b. 1635, Vittoriosa, d. 1667, Roma)
St Rose of Lima 1665
Marble, life-size
Saõ Domengo, Lima
Caffa shows an angel comforting the dying Rose, who wore a spiked, metal crown and suffered privations in imitation of the medieval Dominican, St Catherine of Siena. A highly emotive work, St Rose of Lima is notable because it was the first work to depict a saint dying.

TIEPOLO, Giovanni Battista (b. 1696, Venezia, d. 1770, Madrid)
The Virgin Appearing to Dominican Saints
Oil on canvas, 340 x 168 cm
Santa Maria del Rosario (Gesuati), Venice
In front of The Virgin Mary are the three saints, all members of the Dominican order. Agnes of Montepulciano (1274-1317) sits at the front and meditates over a small crucifix. Her robes jut out into the viewer's space. To her left stands St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) with a crown of thorns and a crucifix, and St Rose of Lima (1586-1617), holding the Christ Child in her arms

Claudio Coello (1642-1693)
Santa Rosa de Lima (ca. 1684-1685).
Oil on board, 240 x 160 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid
In the book at her feet, the text reads: ROSA CORDIS MEI TU MIHI SPONSA ESTO ANCILLA TVA SVM DOMINE

Saint Rose of Lima, (20 April 1586 - 24 August 1617), the first Catholic saint of The Americas, was born in Lima, Peru. She is one of the great Dominican saints.

She is the patroness of Lima, Peru, The Americas and the Philippines, and the city of Sittard. In addition to this, she is also the patron saint of the city of Santa Rosa, California

Further references:

Official Webpage (Spanish)

Catholic Encyclopedia

Virtual American Biographies

Catholic Online: St. Rose of Lima

MSN group