Saint Anthony of Padua restores the Foot of a Man

A certain Leonardo kicked his mother. When the saint heard of this he said the offending foot deserved to be cut off; Leonardo cut it off, but the saint restored it.

This is a preparatory sketch for one of the series of six frescoes about the life of Saint Anthony of Padua (Church of San Antonio de los Portugeses, now Alemanes, Madrid).

An exact date for the frescoes is not established; they are thought to be shortly before 1700.

Key facts

Artist dates
1634 - 1705
Full title
Saint Anthony of Padua miraculously restores the Foot of a Self-Mutilated Man
Date made
before 1700
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
105.5 x 80.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by C.W. Dopson, 1901
Inventory number
Location in Gallery