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Antonio del Castillo
SAINT ACISCLUS HOLDING A SWORD AND A MARTYR'S PALM, CROWNED BY A PUTTI; SAINT VICTORIA, HOLDING AN ARROW AND A MARTYR'S PALM, CROWNED BY A PUTTI
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Antonio del Castillo
SAINT ACISCLUS HOLDING A SWORD AND A MARTYR'S PALM, CROWNED BY A PUTTI; SAINT VICTORIA, HOLDING AN ARROW AND A MARTYR'S PALM, CROWNED BY A PUTTI
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Antonio del Castillo
CÓRDOBA 1616 - 1668
SAINT ACISCLUS HOLDING A SWORD AND A MARTYR'S PALM, CROWNED BY A PUTTI; SAINT VICTORIA, HOLDING AN ARROW AND A MARTYR'S PALM, CROWNED BY A PUTTI
Quantity: 2
the former signed with initials and indistinctly dated lower right: AC. / fatiebat Anno ... 50.
the latter signed with initials and dated lower right: A,C, / fatieba Anno 1650 .
inscribed on the reverse: REGALO HECHO POR LA CONDESA DEL MONTIJOA SU HIJA LA CONDESA DE TEBA 28 DE ENERO DE 1853
a pair, both oil on canvas
the former: 177.2 by 85.5 cm.; 69 3/4  by 33 3/4  in.
the latter: 177.5 by 85.8 cm.; 69 7/8  by 33 3/4  in.
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Provenance

Probably the Convento de la Encarnación, Cordoba;
Collection of the Condesa del Montijo;
By whom given to her daughter, Eugenia María de Montijo de Guzman, Condesa de Teba (1826-1920), in 1853;
Sale ('Empress Eugénie Collection'), London, Christie's, 1 July 1927, lot 25, to Carroll, for 140 gns. (as Alonso Cano);
With the Carroll Gallery, London;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 26 April 1929, lot 40, for 52 guineas to Walker (as Antonio del Castillo);
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 8 May 1931, lot 148 (as Antonio del Castillo);
Acquired at the above sale by Tomas Harris;
Private collection, Bohemia.

Literature

Ramirez de Arellano & R. Diaz de Morales, Inventario-Catalogo Historico Artistico de Cordoba, Cordoba 1983, pp. 299-30;
Burlington Magazine, July 1928, vol. XXIII, p. XXIV (advertisement);
Pantheon, 1931, p. 300 (advertisement);
F.J. Sánchez Cantón, 'Dos cuadros fechados de Antonio del Castillo', in Archivo Español de Arte, 13, 1937, p. 159;
J.A. Gaya Nuño, La pintura española fuera de España, Madrid 1958, nos. 565-566;
J. Valverde, 'El pintor Antonio del Castillo', in Boletín de la Real Academia de Cordoba, 82, 1961, nos. 12-13, and 1976, nos. 8 and 11;
P. Muller, The Drawings of Antonio del Castillo y Saavedra, Ph.D. dissertation, Michigan 1963, pp. 43-44;
F. Zueras Torrens, Antonio del Castillo: un gran pintor del Barrocco, Cordoba 1982, no. 139;
A.E. Pérez Sánchez, Pintura Barroca en España, Madrid 1992, p. 272;
M. Nancarrow and B. Navarrete, Antonio del Castillo, Madrid 2004, pp. 290-292, cat. nos. 80-81, both reproduced.

Catalogue Note

Antonio del Castillo is recorded as having been a pupil of Francisco di Zurbarán and Juan del Castillo and as being much the most important artist in his native Córdoba. He became known as a great draughtsman, specialising in religious paintings with a lively handling of paint and a use of vivid colour. These almost sculptural depictions of the patron saints of Córdoba are described by Mindy Nancarrow and Benito Navarrete as being of particularly high quality and refined execution, and as sharing the same finesse of the style of Zurbarán (see literature). 

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