Fray Tomás Vives

Workshop of Francisco de Zurbarán (Spanish, 1598-1664)

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This painting belongs to a series of at least thirty-eight Mercedarian martyrs created by Zurbarán for the cloister of a Seville monastery. The sheer number of martyrs comprising the series stresses the importance of martyrdom in defense of the Church and glorifies the role of the Mercedarians in that effort. The Mercedarian Order was founded in the 13th century for the purpose of ransoming Christian captives.

Fray Guillermo de San Julián was sent to Tunis to preach the Gospel. Considered the "Mercedarian St. Stephen," he was condemned for blasphemy and stoned to death.

Possibly (Schaeffer Galleries, New York, New York); {1} Edith Whitehill Clowes (Mrs. George Henry Alexander Clowes) [1885-1967], Indianapolis, Indiana, about 1959; Clowes Fund Collection, Indianapolis, 1958-present; on long-term loan to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Courtesy of the Clowes Fund, since 1971 (C10087); given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2016.

{1} After her husband’s death in 1958, Edith Whitehill Clowes continued collecting. The sale by Schaeffer Galleries has not been verified.

Object Information

Workshop of Francisco de Zurbarán (Spanish, 1598-1664)
creation date
about 1636
oil on canvas
24-3/4 x 16-3/4 in. (canvas)
35 x 26-1/2 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
The Clowes Collection
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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