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Spanish school; 17th century. "The death of St. Francis". Oil on canvas. Relined. Presents faults.

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Spanish school; 17th century.
"The death of St. Francis".
Oil on canvas. Relined.
Presents faults.
It has a frame of the nineteenth century.
Measurements: 113 x 182 cm; 142 x 210 cm (frame).
The landscape format of the image shows a panoramic scene where the author brings together a large group of characters, designed as a frieze so that the piece follows a composition of classical heritage that facilitates the reading of the work. Of devotional character, the author has portrayed the death of St. Francis, who is on the right side of the scene, with his eyes closed and one of his hands on his chest, however, his still upright posture indicates that he has not died yet and that he is in transit between life and death. Saint Francis, protagonist of the scene, is surrounded by three religious of his order who watch over the saint, all of them adopting a different attitude and different physical features, which denotes the mastery of the author. The central image, of sober and austere character, is relieved by the presence of a retinue of angels, one of them standing out for its size. Technically the work reveals a great care that is appreciated both in the mastery of the treatment of the foreshortenings that present the figure of the angel and the religious who kneels next to the bed, and in the anecdotal elements that complete the scene as for example the ceramic of the foreground or the presence of the skull and the writings next to the figure of San Francisco.

Aesthetically it is close to the models of one of the most prominent Catalan painters of the eighteenth century, Antoni Viladomat began his training in the workshop of Pasqual Bailon Savall. However, upon his death in 1691, he moved to the workshop of Joan Baptista Perramon, with whom he studied for six to nine years. He developed his career at a time of special importance in Barcelona, a city that became during the War of the Spanish Succession the seat of the court of Archduke Charles, for which several foreign artists worked. At this court Viladomat came into contact with Italian art, and worked with Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena. Throughout his long career, the painter produced important works on religious themes for various religious centers and temples in Catalonia, with the series on the life of St. Francis of Assisi for the old Franciscan convent in Barcelona, now in the MNAC, being particularly noteworthy. Currently his works are also preserved in the Prado Museum and other prominent art galleries, as well as in important private collections. Also, between May and October 2014, the exhibition "The painter Antoni Viladomat i Manalt" will be held in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi. This is a simultaneous exhibition in different museums: the National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Girona Museum, the Mataró Museum and the Lleida Museum.

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Spanish school; 17th century.
"The death of St. Francis".
Oil on canvas. Relined.
Presents faults.
It has a frame of the nineteenth century.
Measurements: 113 x 182 cm; 142 x 210 cm (frame).
The landscape format of the image shows a panoramic scene where the author brings together a large group of characters, designed as a frieze so that the piece follows a composition of classical heritage that facilitates the reading of the work. Of devotional character, the author has portrayed the death of St. Francis, who is on the right side of the scene, with his eyes closed and one of his hands on his chest, however, his still upright posture indicates that he has not died yet and that he is in transit between life and death. Saint Francis, protagonist of the scene, is surrounded by three religious of his order who watch over the saint, all of them adopting a different attitude and different physical features, which denotes the mastery of the author. The central image, of sober and austere character, is relieved by the presence of a retinue of angels, one of them standing out for its size. Technically the work reveals a great care that is appreciated both in the mastery of the treatment of the foreshortenings that present the figure of the angel and the religious who kneels next to the bed, and in the anecdotal elements that complete the scene as for example the ceramic of the foreground or the presence of the skull and the writings next to the figure of San Francisco.

Aesthetically it is close to the models of one of the most prominent Catalan painters of the eighteenth century, Antoni Viladomat began his training in the workshop of Pasqual Bailon Savall. However, upon his death in 1691, he moved to the workshop of Joan Baptista Perramon, with whom he studied for six to nine years. He developed his career at a time of special importance in Barcelona, a city that became during the War of the Spanish Succession the seat of the court of Archduke Charles, for which several foreign artists worked. At this court Viladomat came into contact with Italian art, and worked with Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena. Throughout his long career, the painter produced important works on religious themes for various religious centers and temples in Catalonia, with the series on the life of St. Francis of Assisi for the old Franciscan convent in Barcelona, now in the MNAC, being particularly noteworthy. Currently his works are also preserved in the Prado Museum and other prominent art galleries, as well as in important private collections. Also, between May and October 2014, the exhibition "The painter Antoni Viladomat i Manalt" will be held in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi. This is a simultaneous exhibition in different museums: the National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Girona Museum, the Mataró Museum and the Lleida Museum.

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