St Martin de Porres

St Martin de Porres


Icon of St Martin de Porres, a lay brother of the Dominican Order who was beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI and canonized in 1962 by Pope John XXIII.

Born in Lima, Peru on December 9, 1579, Martin was the illegitimate son to a Spanish gentlemen and a freed slave from Panama, of African or Native American descent. Martin grew to become a Dominican lay brother in 1603 at the age of 24. Ten years later Martin was assigned to the infirmary where he would remain in charge until his death. He became known for encompassing the virtues need to carefully and patiently care for the sick, even in the most difficult situations.

This is part of the series of religious saints, which derives from a range of sources, including manuscripts, other icons and mosaics. Some icons include 24 carat gold highlights.

St Martin de Porres is painted in acrylic on a Loxley Gold box canvas and has two layers of varnish. It is signed on the reverse in pencil. All edges are painted and varnished. 

This is one of a series of religious saints; see my gallery for other images.

The image size is 20cm x 25cm (8" x 10").

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