Francisco de Zurbarán
St. John of the Cross

Oil on canvas, 100 x 77 cm. (39.3x30 in.)
Archdiocesan Museum, Katowice, Poland

The artist has combined all the features common in portraits of St. John of the Cross: the white mantle and dark brown tunic and scapular worn by Discalced Carmelites, and the crucifix and skull that refer to this saint's name and status as a contemplative.

The words in the upper right date the painting as August 21, 1656.

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Source: Katowice Archdiocesan Museum via this page at Wikimedia Commons.