• St Veronica

    Artist:
    Blanchard, Jacques. 1600-1638
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    127x98 cm

Blanchard, Jacques. 1600-1638

St Veronica

France, 1633-1634

The history of St Veronica is included in the famous “Golden Legend”, a collection of Western European saints’ lives compiled by Jacobus de Varagine in the 13th century. When Christ was on his way to Calvary, a woman by the name of Veronica gave Him a clean veil so that He might wipe away the sweat and blood, and there remained an impression of His face which to this day is considered to be His only authentic image. St Veronica patronized the beggars. The period of Pope Urban VIII’s pontificate saw the reemergence of the philanthropy cult and the saint’s images could be often encountered in works of art. When he worked on this picture, Blanchard was influenced by the paintings he had seen in Venice. One can feel this influence in the colour range of the work, in the subtle combination of tones of the landscape background; in the play of colours on Veronica’s cloak, changing from olive to lilac; and in the smooth modelling of the saint’s face. It is likely that Blanchard painted this canvas under the immediate impression of Domenico Fetti’s” Veil of Veronica”, which he may have seen in Venice

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St Veronica

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oil

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127x98 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1926; handed over from the Gatchina Palace; originally in the Heinrich von Brühl collection in Dresden

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-2557

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