Saturday, August 20, 2011

Twenty-Nine Years Before

In 1585, Fernando Selma painted a portrait of Ignatius Loyola, from waxen casts taken from the dead body twenty-nine years before, 
and from the recollections of Father Bibadeneyra, the Hagiologist, which was reckoned the best representation ever made of the stern and melancholy countenance of the great first Jesuit. 
The fate of this interesting picture is not known; but it may have been the original of that striking portrait which hangs in the church of San Miguel, at Seville.
Link (here) to read the mentioned portion of the book entitled, Annals of the Artist of Spain

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