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The Miracles of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) was the founder of the Jesuit Order and canonised in 1622. DPG148 refers to his miracles: the curing of the possessed woman, the woman whose withered arm was healed when she washed the Saint's linen, and probably, in the women and children, to his role as intercessor in difficult births.

The painting is a modello for Rubens's altarpiece of the Miracles of Saint Ignatius, painted for the chapel in the Jesuit church of Sant'Ambrogio, Genoa, c.1619. Although the picture is rejected by Vlieghe as a copy, the attribution to Rubens is accepted by Michael Jaffe and Julius Held. This view is supported by the presence of underlying figures (upside down in relation to the present composition) that are revealed in an x-ray.

Currently on display

Artist
Sir Peter Paul Rubens
Date
c.1619
Location
Gallery 2
Dimensions
73.7 x 50.2 cm
Materials
Oil on oak panel
Acquisition
Bourgeois Bequest, 1811
Accession number
DPG148