Saint Anthony of Padua

Szymon Czechowicz

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Basic information
Szymon Czechowicz
Saint Anthony of Padua
Date of creation
Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
oil painting
canvas oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
61 x 37
Information about author
Szymon Czechowicz
Artist's lifetime
Szymon Czechowicz was born in an impoverished noble family in Krakow on July 28, 1689. He became an orphan at a young age. Thanks to the support of his patron and philanthropist Franciszek Ossolinski, the artist went to Rome, where he studied painting at the Academy of St. Luke under the guidance of Carlo Maratti. The first professional works of the artist were copies after famous painters, such as Rubens, Van Dyck and others; the artist drew upon their iconographic compositions. In 1765, at the invitation of Waclaw Rzewuski, he arrived at Pidhirtsi Castle in the Lviv region; by 1767, Czechowicz created 107 works that became part of the castle interior and a kind of the first museum of the artist. During the last period of his life, Szymon Czechowicz worked in Lithuania and Warsaw, where he opened his own art studio. The artist died on July 21, 1775. He was considered to be one of the best artists of the Baroque era in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Among the artist's creative legacy there are portraits and monumental paintings on sacred themes.
Object description
This is a multi-figure composition, in the center of which there is a full-length image of St. Anthony; he is dressed in a monk's robe of dark color. With his right hand, he holds a child Christ. In the left hand of Christ there is a dark sphere symbolizing the Earth. The face of the saint man as well as the top of his head are clean-shaven. The figure is slightly tilted to the left of the viewer. In the lower right corner there is a figure of a sitting woman with a child sleeping in her arms. In the left corner there is a figure of a bearded man kneeling. The man is depicted wearing a leather belt.
Portrayed person
The name of the person portrayed
Saint Anthony of Padua
Lifetime of the person portrayed