30 September - 1 October 2003
SOLD BY THE ORDER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO *
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Attributed to Juan Rodriguez de Solis (active León c.1575)
The martyrs of Mount Ararat
oil on panel
9¾ x 20 in. (24.8 x 50.8 cm.)
Anon. Sale, Sotheby's, New York, 2 December 1976, lot 91.
George P. Harding, Chicago, by whom given to the Museum in 1984.
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C.P. Post, A History of Spanish Painting, Cambridge, 1941, IX, part II, p. 542, fig. 209.
J.A. Gaya-Nuno, La Pintura Española Fuera de España, Madrid, 1958, no. 2492.
The legend of the martyrdom of the Roman centurion and his 10,000 legionnaires on Mount Ararat has been transformed here into a scene with three men, naked except for loincloths and crowns of thorns, spitted on the spiny branches of three bare trees. Standing beside the trees is Saint Acacius carrying a crozier and wearing a mitre and other pontifical vestments.
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