St. Agnes

João de Ruão16th century

Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro

Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro
Coimbra, Portugal

This figure, clothed in garments of the Renaissance period, shows an individualised treatment of the face, which suggests that it could have been a portrait of a young girl from one of the bourgeois families of the city, a social group which formed part of the clientele of the sculptor, Jean de Rouen. This piece reflects the iconographic style of St. Agnes of Rome, with characteristics linking it to the great works of 15th century Florentine carvers. The polychrome limestone is very well preserved.


  • Title: St. Agnes
  • Creator: João de Ruão
  • Date Created: 16th century
  • Physical Location: Machado de Castro National Museum, Coimbra, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 110 cm x 46 cm x 25 cm
  • Provenance: Santa Clara-a-Velha Monastery in Coimbra
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Photo: DGPC/ADF - Photographic Documentation Archive
  • Medium: Polychrome Limestone

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