Saint Giles with Christ Triumphant over Satan and the Mission of the Apostles

Artist: Miguel Alcañiz (or Miquel Alcanyís) (Spanish, Valencian, active by 1408–died after 1447)

Date: ca. 1408

Medium: Tempera on wood, gold ground

Dimensions: Overall 59 5/8 x 39 1/2 in. (151.4 x 100.3 cm); upper left panel, painted surface 24 1/8 x 16 7/8 in. (61.3 x 42.9 cm); lower left panel, painted surface 24 5/8 x 16 7/8 in. (62.5 x 42.9 cm); right panel, painted surface 46 1/8 x 16 7/8 in. (117.2 x 42.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of J. Bruyn Andrews, 1876

Accession Number: 76.10

Description

These panels, from an altarpiece for the Valencian church of San Juan del Hospital, are among the earliest works of Miguel Alcañiz, an artist whose style is marked by the presence of Gherardo Starnina during the 1390s. The influence of Starnina’s lyrical Florentine manner on that of the younger Spanish painter is unmistakable, especially in the brightly colored scenes of Christ casting demons from heaven and sending his apostles to evangelize the world. These unusual depictions of spiritual conquest are fitting subjects for a church of the Hospitallers, an order of monk-knights dedicated to both warfare and charity.

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