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Title Landscape with Saint Bruno in Ecstasy
Alternative Title Landscape with Saint in Ecstasy
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Mola, Pier Francesco (Italian painter and draftsman, 1612-1666)
Date Earliest about 1642
Date Latest about 1666
Description Towards the end of his life St Bruno refused to become Archbishop of Reggio and withdrew into a wilderness in Calabria. St Bruno, the eleventh century founder of the Carthusian order, was canonized in 1623, and he became a popular subject in seventeenth century art. This is a typical example of Mola's wild landscape style.
Current Accession Number 1960P47
Former Accession Number P.4760
Subject religion (St Bruno); landscape
Measurements 48.9 x 65.4 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Sir Leonard Woolley 1960.
Publications Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 102
Notes A similar version by Mola was sold at Sotheby's, 17 December 1998, lot 171 and again on 8 July 1999, lot 188 as The Vision of St Bruno.

Label on stretcher: 1. 'Matteo Cerezo 1635-1685 (attributed to)/ The Vision of St. Dominic'. Also strips of English newspaper glued to reverse of stretcher, possibly by framer. 2. 'from Thomas Mc Lean, Printseller and Publisher, Dealer in Works of Art, no. 7 Haymarket, London W. est. 1811'.

Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth
 

 

 

 

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