• Latin American Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2222

    Latin American Sale

    17 - 18 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 178

    Anonymous (Cuzco school late 17th century)

    Carlos II y Defensa de la Eucaristía

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    Estimate

    Anonymous (Cuzco school late 17th century)
    Carlos II y Defensa de la Eucaristía
    oil on canvas
    67 x 49½ in. (170 x 126 cm.) excluding frame
    Painted late 17th Century.


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    The painting is a portrait of the last Habsburg king of Spain, Charles II in defense of the Holy Eucharist. Seen trying to pull down the monstrance that holds the Host or body of Christ, are the then-considered enemies of the Catholic Church and Europe, the Turks (wearing turbans) and possibly the leaders of the Protestant revolt including John Calvin and Martin Luther. The King's piety and valor is clearly expressed in his stance holding a sword ready to defend the Host or Christendom. Numerous images of Charles II in defense of the Host are known to have existed and based on the monumental painting the Sagrada Forma by Claudio Coello in El Escorial where the king kneels in worship.

    Provenance

    Property of a noble lady, Buenos Aires.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.