This 19th century oil on tin folk retablo, attributed to 'The Bee Sting Lip Painter', 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 the 'Santa Muerte' represented in the form of a skeleton, all of which are vying for the dyeing man's soul as it departs his lifeless body and ascends to heaven.
Attributed to Concepcion Avila, better known by his handle -- 'The Bee Sting Lip painter'.
Dimensions: 7 inches vertical x 5 inches horizontal.
Condition: in overall good condition with only minor paint loss and surface abrasions.
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