Friday, December 21, 2012

La Virgen del caballero de Montesa

Paolo de San Leocadio (10 September 1447 - c. 1520)
La Virgen del caballero de Montesa (The Virgin of the Knights of Montesa )
1472 - 1476
Oil on canvas
102 cm x 96 cm
Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

Born in Italy, Paolo de San Leocadio spent a large part of his professional life in Spain His training was in Ferrara

The Virgin and Child are flanked by Saint Bernard and St Benedict, patrons of the Order of Montesa

The small figure is probably  Luis Despuig, the Grand Master of the Order between 1472 and 1482 

A merry and peaceful Christmas and New Year to you all

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