31 May - 1 June 2007
Attributed to Antonio de Vilca (Guatemalan School Late 18th Century)
San Miguel y la expulsión de Satanás
oil on canvas mounted on board with aluminum back
64½ x 43 in. (163.8 x 109.2 cm.)
Painted circa 1770.
Osuna Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Wray collection, Scottsdale, Arizona.
Throckmorton Fine Art, New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
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On loan to Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1997-2000.
San Miguel or St. Michael is one of the archangels and the warrior angel who expelled Satan and his forces of evil from Heaven. During the Middle Ages, he was the patron of the church and the orders of the knights. He has been assigned several roles traditionally as he is the special patron of the Chosen People; the angel of death who carries the souls to Heaven; and he is the supreme enemy of Satan.
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