The friar Julián of Alcalá directs the attention of the figures around him to a miraculous apparition in the distance—angels welcoming King Philip II of Spain into heaven. Philip died almost fifty years before this canvas was painted, and although he was never canonized, the inscription refers to him as a saint in recognition of his defense of Catholicism. Among Murillo’s first major commissions, this work belonged to a decorative cycle celebrating the miracles of Franciscan saints painted for a cloister in Seville.
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||66 15/16 x 73 5/8 in. (170 x 187 cm) Frame: 78 x 85 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (198.1 x 217.2 x 8.9 cm)|
|Acquisition||Acquired by the Clark, 1968|
Bartolomé Estebán Murillo, Fray Julián of Alcalá's Vision of the Ascension of the Soul of King Philip II of Spain, 1645–46, Oil on canvas. Acquired by the Clark, 1968. The Clark Art Institute, 1968.19.