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  • St Veronica

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

Blanchard, Jacques. 1600-1638

St Veronica

France, Circa 1633/1634

The history of St Veronica is included in the famous Golden Legend, a collection of the lives of Western European saints compiled by Jacobus de Varagine in the 13th century. During Christ?s last journey 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 offered protection to the poor. During the pontificate of Pope Urban VIII, a cult of philanthropy again arose, and the saint?s image began to be encountered often in works of art. When he worked on this picture, Blanchard was influenced by the paintings he had seen in Venice. We feel this influence in the colour range of the work, in the complex mix of tones given to the landscape in the 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 possible that Blanchard painted this canvas while still under the direct 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

Dimensions:

127x98 cm

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-2557

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