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196
Attributed to Juan de Anchieta (Azpeitia c.1533 - Pamplona 1588)
Spanish, 16th century
RELIQUARY BUST OF SAINT URSULA
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 60,000 USD
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196
Attributed to Juan de Anchieta (Azpeitia c.1533 - Pamplona 1588)
Spanish, 16th century
RELIQUARY BUST OF SAINT URSULA
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 60,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Attributed to Juan de Anchieta (Azpeitia c.1533 - Pamplona 1588)
Spanish, 16th century
RELIQUARY BUST OF SAINT URSULA
inscribed on the base: Cabeza de Once Mil Virgenes
gilt and polychrome wood
height overall 26  3/8  in.; 67 cm.
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Catalogue Note

The legend of Saint Ursula and the 11,000 virgins, frequently depicted in Northern European art, was known in Spain through Elisabeth of Hohenstaufen from Swabia (called Beatriz) who married King Fernando III El Santo. Numerous churches in Spain are devoted to Ursula and the virgin martyrs, including the Church of Santa Cruz in Baeza (Jaén) and Monasterio de las Cañas, (La Rioja).

According to Legend, Ursula was the daughter of a Christian king in Britain and was granted a three year postponement of a marriage she resisted to a pagan prince. Together with 11,000 hand maidens, Ursula went on a pilgrimage to Rome. Upon their return, they were massacred by refusing to copulate with or marry the invading Huns in Cologne circa 451. A Romanesque basilica was built in Cologne, where their relics are alleged to have been kept, to honor the Saint and the 11,000 virgin martyrs .

RELATED LITERATURE
María Concepción García Gainza, Juan de Anchieta, Escultor del Renacimiento, Fundación Arte Hispánico, Madrid, 2010, p. 217

 

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