The Virgin
Anònim, escola romana (?) (segle XVIII)
Technique: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 108 x 83 cm
Date: Segle XVIII
Generic classification: Paint
General inventari: 306
Location: Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi
Inscribed: On frame, on old card, in ink: “61’. On back of canvas, on label, in ink: “Agonizantes’; remains of another label of the Academy, in ink: “La (...)/ Escuela (...)’. Provenance: The church of Sant Felip Neri dels Agonitzants (Pares Camils), in Baix de Sant Pere street, Barcelona; it passed to the Museum of the Board of Commerce Came to the Academy's Museum: 1813 (?). Note: The provenance of this work (the Agonitzants in Barcelona) is recorded on the label on the back of the canvas, which is very similar to the labels of other works in the Museum. In the Catàleg 1866 it is credited to the Flemish school although it could also be an Italian work (Pérez Sánchez corroborates this fact) since the order of the Agonitzants, which settled in Barcelona in 1662, had its origins in Venice during the late 16th century. This present painting was probably the image of Our Lady of Sorrows that presided one of the three religious orders which, according to BARRAQUER, existed in the church. In the list of works which came in from the convents following the events of 1835, (Biblioteca de Catalunya, Arxiu Junta de Comerç, XCV, 1, 11 and 12) there appears no reference to the convent of the Agonitzants. Therefore, it is probable that it was among the works which were brought in during the French invasion.

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