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Landscape with Saint Philip Baptising the Eunuch

Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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Returning in his carriage from Jerusalem to Ethiopia, a court Eunuch met the apostle Philip, who convinced him that the Old Testament prophecies of Isaiah had been fulfilled by the life and death of Christ (Acts of the Apostles VII 26–38). The picture and its companion piece 'Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalene on Easter Morning' (in Frankfurt) were painted for Cardinal Fabrizio Spada in 1678. Saint Philip's missionary role paralleled the cardinal's efforts to combat Protestantism.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff


Date

1678

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 88 x W 142.2 cm

Accession number

NMW A 4

Acquisition method

purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund, 1982

Work type

Painting


National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff (Caerdydd) CF10 3NP Wales

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