Thursday, October 13, 2016

Maíno's Adorations: Heaven on Earth on view at UK's National Gallery

Detail of Fray Juan Bautista Maíno, The Adoration of the Kings, 1612 - 1614. Oil on canvas, 315 x 174.5 cm. Museo Nacional del Prado © Museo Nacional del Prado.
UNITED KINGDOM---Exhibited in the UK for the first time, 'The Adoration of the Shepherds' and 'The Adoration of the Kings' are on display in Room 1 of the National Gallery this autumn and through the Christmas period. The loan of these two remarkable paintings from the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid provides a rare opportunity to present the work of the Spanish painter Fray Juan Bautista Maíno, an artist of exceptional talent whose name remains largely unfamiliar outside Spain.  Maíno’s two Adorations are highly significant in the context of Caravaggio’s extended influence across Europe. [link]

The prominent black and white dog in the foreground of this detail from 'The Adoration of the Shepherds' alludes to the Dominicans; the dog being a frequent attribute of Saint Dominic and 'Dominicanus' a play on the Latin words 'Domini canis' (dog of the Lord).