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Saint Anthony of Padua (?) distributing Bread
Willem van Herp the Elder

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 Willem van Herp the Elder
Artist dates about 1614 - 1677
Full title Saint Anthony of Padua (?) distributing Bread
Date made probably 1662
Medium and support Oil on copper
Dimensions 80 x 114.3 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Richard Simmons, 1846
Inventory number NG203
Location in Gallery Not on display
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