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.
43.4 x 28.8 cm image
Signature & date
Signed l.l., [incised plate] "... / C.Mellan ...". Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 5 exhibitions
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
Ecstasy: Baroque and Beyond, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, 16 Sep 2017–25 Feb 2018