Vision of Saint Felix of Cantalice

Szymon Czechowicz

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Basic information
Szymon Czechowicz
Vision of Saint Felix of Cantalice
Date of creation
c.1767 (?)
Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
oil painting
canvas oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
223 x 136.3
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
The figure of Christ lying on the left side is depicted in the foreground of the painting. Christ's body is naked, and his thighs are covered with a white band. Behind Christ, there is a fragment of an architectural column, to which Christ is tied with a cord. The rods are leaned against the column; one can also see them near the body of Christ. The figures of the angels-children are depicted on the left and right sides, as well as above the figure of Christ (two on each side). One of the angels depicted on the right has a blue loincloth. Elements of the architecture serve as a background of the painting.
Portrayed person
The name of the person portrayed
Saint Felix of Cantalice (Felice Porro)
Lifetime of the person portrayed