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Fray Guillermo de San Julián

Workshop of Francisco d. Zurbarán, (Spanish, 1598-1664)

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.

Object Information

Workshop of Francisco d. Zurbarán (Spanish, 1598-1664)
creation date
about 1636
oil on canvas
24-3/4 x 16-3/4 in.
accession number
credit line
Courtesy of The Clowes Fund
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture to 1945