Appearance of Saint James to King Ramir
Maella y Pérez, Mariano Salvador [València, 1739 - Madrid, 1819]
Technique: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 37 x 95 cm
Date: s.d.
Generic classification: Paint
General inventari: 93
Location: Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi
Notes:
Inscribed: At lower right, in white, half erased: : “28”. On back of canvas, on label of the Academy, in ink: “N.A. 100/ N.M. 215/ El sueño de D. Ramiro/ (...)or Maella”. Provenance: Museum of the former Junta de Comerç. Restauration: restored by Servei de Restauració de Béns Mobles de la Generalitat de Catalunya (CRBMC) in 1999. Exhibitions:Pamplona-Vitoria-Bilbao-Madrid, RACBASJ. Exposición antológica de pintura, 2000, núm. 19. Note: It refers to a legend about Ramir I of Asturias (? - Liño, 850), according to which, after being defeated for the first time by the moors in Clavijo, the apostle Saint James appeared to the king and spurned him on to a further battle. In this definite battle which took place in Clavijo, Saint James lead the Christian troops and they achieved victory. It is one of the many legends disavowed by modern historiography which even denies the existence of a battle in Clavijo (see, for example, Modesto LAFUENTE, Historia de España, Montaner y Simón, Barcelona 1877, vol. I, p. 198, and especially note 3). There exists a copy of this work in the possession of the Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza , Aragón y La Rioja. In 1777 Maella painted in the collegiate of San Ildefonso de La Granja a further twist in this subject in which Saint James appeared riding a horse.


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