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An image of The ecstacy of Saint Ignatius by Claude Mellan

Claude Mellan

(France 1598 – 1688)

The ecstacy of Saint Ignatius
17th century
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43.4 x 28.8 cm image

Signature & date
Signed l.l., [incised plate] "... / C.Mellan ...". Not dated.
Purchased 1987
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) was born in the Castle of Loyola and brought up to be a soldier. In 1522 he spent a period in prayer and penance at Manresa, close to the famous abbey of Montserrat, where he composed his 'Spiritual Exercises'. In 1537 on his path to Rome, Ignatius saw a vision of Christ carrying the Cross and heard the words 'Ego vobis Romae propitius ero' (I will be favourable to you at Rome). There he founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1540. Ignatius was canonized in 1622.

Bibliography (2)

Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 14. no catalogue numbers

Peter Raissis, Le Grand Siècle, Sydney, 1997. no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (4)

Piety and Paganism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jul 1991–29 Sep 1991

Le Grand Siècle, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Jun 1997–17 Jul 1997

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014

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