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Circle of Sir Peter Paul Rubens
SAINT FELIX OF CANTALICE
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
13
Circle of Sir Peter Paul Rubens
SAINT FELIX OF CANTALICE
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Tableaux Dessins Sculptures 1300-1900

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Circle of Sir Peter Paul Rubens
SAINT FELIX OF CANTALICE

Provenance

P.M. Turner, probably by whom sold at;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 26 July 1950, lot 110;
There purchased by Denton;
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 22 January 2004, lot 281;
Thence by descent. 

Catalogue Note

Representations of Saint Felix of Cantalice (1515-1587) are rare in art. This Capuchin friar, upon moving to Rome, became known for his charity. He delivered food to the needy in a sack (as shown in the present composition). Saint Felix was beatified in 1625 and canonized in 1712, making him the first Capuchin saint.

Stylistically, the painting is close to Rubens or an associate, and should date in fact to the second quarter of the 17th Century. As this is about the time that Felix was beatified, it seems that there must have been some interest in portrayals of him, perhaps for a Capuchin patron in the Low Countries. The name of the artist Melchior de la Mars (1570/1590-1650) has also been suggested.

Tableaux Dessins Sculptures 1300-1900

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