|Title||Angels Ministering to Christ|
|Alternative Title||Christ Attended by Angels|
|Collection||Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle|
|Artist||Attributed to Solís, Francisco de (Spanish painter and printmaker; 1620-1684)|
|Date Earliest||probably 1665|
|Date Latest||probably 1665|
The subject and the large format of this painting are characteristic of images that decorated the refectories of convents and monasteries. This episode is taken from the New Testament (Mark 1. 13). Having resisted the devil's temptations, at the end of his period of penitence in the desert Christ was served by angels. The bread and the grapes on the table may allude to the Eucharist.
The contrasting light, the elongated figures and their elegant gestures exemplify the style of Francisco de Solís, who worked in Madrid where he specialised in religious subjects.
|Current Accession Number||B.M.827|
|Former Accession Number||No. 153|
|Subject||religion (Christ, angels, Eucharist)|
|Measurements||204 x 115 cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on canvas|
|Acquisition Details||Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.|
|Provenance||Purchased by John and Joséphine Bowes from the collection of the late Conde de Quinto, 1862, cat. no. 131, 2, 550 francs (with three others).|
|Principal Exhibitions||Four Centuries of Spanish Painting, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle,1967, cat. no. 56.|
|Publications||Gaya Nuño, J., La Pintura Española fuera de España, Madrid, 1958, cat. no. 2674; Miró, A., 'Francisco de Solís', Archivo Español de Arte, no. 184, 1973, pp. 401-22, pl. 10; Young, E., Catalogue of Spanish Paintings, Middlesbrough, 1988, pp. 154-55.|
The date 1665 was proposed by A. Miró (1973).
Acquired by John and Joséphine Bowes together with nos. 818, 636 and 630, for 2, 550 francs.
|Rights Owner||The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham|
|Author||Dr Mercedes Cerón|