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Francisco Bayeu y Subias: 'Saint James being visited by the Virgin'

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Legend credited Saint James with bringing Christianity to Spain. When passing through Zaragoza he was visited by the Virgin, who gave him with a statuette of herself on a jasper columnor pillar. This gave the name of 'El Pilar' to enormous basilica has grown on the site, one of the most venerated shrines in Spain. The subject is therefore popular in Zaragoza.

Sketches made by Antonio Gonzales Velázquez in 1753 for frescoes in the dome seem to have influenced Bayeu's design.

This was a perhaps a private version of these works. It also shows the influence of Giaquinto on Bayeu.

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