Mattia Preti, St. Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas
National Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon
The saint is surrounded by items that artists traditionally include in portraits of contemplatives – here, a crucifix, a skull, a book, and prayer beads. He also has the items specific to his iconography: a long, white beard; a garment of plaited palm leaves; and a raven carrying a half-loaf of bread.
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