THIRD BODY OF ALTABLES OF THE COLEGIO DE Nª Sª DE LA ANTIGUA by FRANCISCO DE MOURE

The third body of the altarpiece of the Colegio de Nª Sª de la Antigua de Monforte de Lemos, is made up of two panels located in the left and right streets and a sculpture of San Ignacio de Loyola.

The entire altarpiece is dedicated to the Virgin and Our Lady always appears on each of its panels, although in a different way. In the street on the left, a nice table shows us the birth of the Virgin Mary, Santa Ana in bed and San Joaquín taking care of his wife. A fire warms the room, guarded by two andirons and at the foot of the fire, undoubtedly the food in some clay pots. Other characters at the foot of the bed, a nurse who takes care of the newborn duly swaddled, as was customary, an angel, perhaps a doctor with his medicine cup….

This piece was possibly not finished by D. Francisco Moure, but by his son.

The street on the right shows us the scene of the annunciation, in which the angel Gabriel announces to Mary the plans of God and the birth of her son who will be “God with us.”

This body is completed, in its central part an image of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, of which there is evidence that it came from the hands of Francisco de Moure.

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