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Fray Julián of Alcalá's Vision of the Ascension of the Soul of King Philip II of Spain Slider Image 1
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Bartolomé Estebán Murillo

Spanish, 1618–1682

Fray Julián of Alcalá's Vision of the Ascension of the Soul of King Philip II of Spain

1645–46

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)
Object Number 1968.19
Acquisition Acquired by the Clark, 1968
Status On View

Image Caption

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.

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