Saint James the Great in the Battle of Clavijo
Juan Carreño de Miranda
(Avilés, Asturias 1614 – 1685 Madrid)
|Medium:||oil on canvas|
|Dimensions:||231 x 168 cm|
|Department:||Old Master Paintings|
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Saint James the Great in the Battle of ClavijoThis theme so popular in Spanish art has already been tackled in connection with Tiepolo's work. This rendition painted by the Madrid court painter is about a century earlier. The saint, with his ghostly black mantle and blurred features, riding a rearing white horse, appears to be an apparition. While the two Saracens trampled on the ground are painted with certain plasticity, the figure of the apostle who has risen from the dead is made translucently ethereal by the application of the flowing, glazed paint. The horse's mane, the red belt, the flag and the white shroud are all details which swirl around weightlessly. The master obviously shows a debt to the colours and forms of the Flemish Rubens and Van Dyck.