Saint Limbania the Virgin and Sympathetic Wild Animals

Fray Miguel de Herrera, Mexican, born 1696, active c. 1725 - c. 1780

Geography:
Made in Mexico, North and Central America

Date:
1725

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
43 × 66 1/8 inches (109.2 × 168 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 282, European Art 1500-1850, second floor

Accession Number:
1903-906

Credit Line:
The Dr. Robert H. Lamborn Collection, 1903

Social Tags [?]

animal [x]   nun [x]  


[Add Your Own Tags]

Label:
Saint Limbania was a thirteenth-century saint born in Cyprus. She fled to Genoa when her parents tried to have her married. There she came to live as a chaste recluse in a cave under the kitchen of the monastery of Saint Thomas. She is shown here surrounded by wild animals, tribute to her gentleness. The artist, Miguel de Herrera, was an Augustinian friar who worked for a number of convents and monasteries in the area around Puebla, Mexico.


* Works in the collection are moved off view for many different reasons. Although gallery locations on the website are updated regularly, there is no guarantee that this object will be on display on the day of your visit.