Oil after Bartolomé Esteban Murillo depicting St. /Archangel GabrielMalta - Collection Only
In Malta. A large late 18th century ” Guardian Angel ” oil on canvas in early A copy of an earlier painting from circa 1665 ; ”El Ángel de la Guarda” , de Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Catedral de Sevilla); [born late December 1617, baptized January 1, 1618 – April 3, 1682) .This painting has been relined in the 20th century and this version has a slightly redrawn line of cloak on the child , for modesty , to cover the nipple area / lower breast [ unlike the original ]. This version of the painting includes an oval cartouche with sword to depict the painter , or commissioning owner who was likely to have been patrician or clergy or the church.
Text relating to the original follows;
It was originally painted by Murillo for the Capuchin convent of Seville, around the year 1665, and it was ceded to the Cathedral of Seville in 1814 by the monks of that convent as thanks for having guarded its artistic treasure in 1810, during the War of Spanish Independence. Many of the works of art from the convent and the Seville cathedral were moved to Gibraltar to avoid the robbery of Marshal Soult. However, the canvas that was paired with this work, and that represented San Miguel Arcángel disappeared in the aforementioned transfer, although both paintings were not part of the cycles located in the church of the convent, but were in the interior rooms of the convent.