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Saint Michael

by Juan Pompeyo

Traditionally, this painting of Saint Michael has been attributed to the master Juan Pompeyo. This view stems from the assessment of some of the features that characterise the author's style, such as the compositional scheme, the prototype which the figure follows, and his chromatic treatment of Venetian influence.

Saint Michael follows the usual iconography depicting him as a warrior who defeats sin, personified by the demonic figures over which he rises up. Thus, the image of the triumphant archangel, silhouetted against a background of clouds, is presented in an elegant "contraposto". He appears with a shield and helmet, this helmet being held by a small angel who remains suspended in the sky.

Attributed to Juan Pompeyo

Painter of Italian origin about whom very little is known. He apparently stayed in Cordoba during the early years of the 18th century, occupying a position as violinist at the Cathedral. His work as a painter must be added to his role as a musician. Various works are attributed to him, among which the canvases on the altarpiece in the chapel of San Acacio

Technical sheet
  • Title: Saint Michael
  • Author: Attributed to Juan Pompeyo
  • Date: First third of the 18th century
  • Material and technique: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 250 x 170 cm
  • Location: Close to the gate of San Miguel (eastern wall)
Key features of the work
  • During the Middle Ages, Saint Michael was considered “princeps militiae angelorum", which is the chief of the celestial militia. With the art of the Counter-Reform, his symbolic link to the triumph of the Catholic Church over Protestant heresy was established

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