Price: $ 2,400.00
This 19th century oil on tin folk retablo represents 'San Camilo de Lelis', often referred to as the 'Red Cross Saint' -- a reference to the red cross worn on his black habit.
San Camilo, patron saint of the sick, nurses and dyeing people, is almost always depicted as he is here, ministering to his patient at the hour of death. In almost every example of this subject, San Camilo is accompanied by devilish imps and an angel, each vying for the dyeing man's soul as it departs his lifeless body and ascends to heaven.
In nearly every example of this subject San Camilo is shown disproportionately larger than his patient. In the case of this retablo however, he towers over the ghostly white invalid.
The author of this painting had a colorful imagination with a cast of mischievous characters straight out of central casting. In lower right the personification of death in the form of a skeleton taunts Camilo's patient with his scythe while several playful imps sing and dance. A fire breathing crocodile in the foreground adds another layer of drama.
Displayed in a handsome hand painted wooden frame.
Dimensions: 16 inches x 13 inches.
Condition: in overall excellent condition.
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