Saint Gregory the Great with Jesuit Saints

The picture was painted for the Ludovisi family in Rome. Alessandro Ludovisi had been elected pope in 1621 with the name Gregory XV. During his papacy Saint Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits, and Saint Francis Xavier, one of the order's greatest missionaries, were canonised.

The picture was painted shortly after Pope Gregory's death (1623) and was probably intended for the new Jesuit church of S. Ignazio in Rome.

Key facts

Artist dates
1591 - 1666
Full title
Saint Gregory the Great with Saints Ignatius Loyola and Francis Xavier
Date made
about 1625-6
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
296 x 211 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by the Trustees of Sir Denis Mahon's Charitable Trust through the Art Fund, 2013
Inventory number
Location in Gallery