The friars on the left are Franciscan and the one in the centre has a Glory, and may be intended to depict Saint Anthony of Padua. The poor on the right, who receive bread from the Franciscans, include two pilgrims.

In 1662 van Herp was paid 95 guilders for a painting of Saint Anthony of Padua distributing bread. This may have been this picture; the documented picture was subsequently sent to Spain by the Antwerp dealer, Musson.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1614 - 1677
Full title
Saint Anthony of Padua (?) distributing Bread
Date made
probably 1662
Medium and support
Oil on copper
80 x 114.3 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Richard Simmons, 1846
Inventory number
Location in Gallery