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John Of God, Saint (1495-1550). Portuguese religious

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John Of God, Saint (1495-1550). Portuguese religious

John Of God, Saint (1495-1550). Portuguese religious man, founder of the ador de la Order of Charity or of Hospitallers (Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God). PEREZ DE HOLGUIN, Melchor (1665-1724). Oil on canvas. BOLIVIA. LA PAZ. La Paz. National Museum of Art

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John of God, Saint (1495-1550): A Devotional Portrait by Melchor Perez Holguin This exquisite oil on canvas painting depicts John of God, a Portuguese religious man and the founder of the Order of Charity, also known as the Hospitallers or Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God. Born in Portugal in 1495, John of God dedicated his life to serving the sick and the poor, establishing hospitals and caring for those in need. The painting, created by the renowned Spanish artist Melchor Perez Holguin in the early 18th century, captures the essence of John of God's devotion and selflessness. The saint is shown with a serene expression, carrying a handbasket filled with bread and flowers, symbolizing his role as a provider and healer. He walks with a staff in his hand, signifying his role as a spiritual guide and the journey of life. The painting is currently housed in the National Museum of Art in La Paz, Bolivia. John of God's legacy continues to inspire and influence religious and spiritual practices around the world, with his order still active in various countries, providing care and support to those in need. The painting's intricate details and rich colors bring to life the beliefs and rituals of the time, offering a glimpse into the world of John of God and the devotion he inspired. The use of oil paints adds depth and texture, further enhancing the spiritual and emotional impact of the artwork.

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