St. Augustine, bishop

Master of Los Balbases (Burgos) (Attributed)1475/1524

Maricel Museum

Maricel Museum
Sitges, Barcelona, Spain

"The Master of los Balbases enjoyed adding jewelled trimmings to clothes, in the same way as Van Eyck and Van der Goes, stiff gowns and faces with a small nose, eyes with large eyelids and an intense gaze, and arched, close-knit eyebrows.
Around 1490 this artist settled in a place in Burgos where he created some of his works. From an iconographic point of view, the stigmatisation of Saint Francis of Assisi is the most important episode of his life and one of the most popular. The famous stigmatisation, the sudden impression of the Holy Wounds of Christ on His body, hands, feet and sides and, according to hagiographical texts, it took place around the time of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in 1224.
On the other hand, it is common to see the iconography of Saint Augustine, one of the great fathers of the Church: he is shown as a middle-aged man with a beardless face, wearing pontifical trimmings, holding a crosier in one hand and a model of a church, as a founder, in the other.
The lack of perspective means that the space is ineffectively distributed. In addition, the golden background helps provide a sensation of unreality."


  • Title: St. Augustine, bishop
  • Creator: Master of Los Balbases (Burgos) (Attributed)
  • Date Created: 1475/1524
  • Physical Dimensions: 60 x 56.5 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Tempera on panel

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