Portrait of Santa Teresa

Portrait of Santa Teresa

Written in: Jan 26, 2015


By Javier de la Cruz.

Fray Juan de la Miseria, that some notion of painting had, and mandate of P. Jerome Gracian, he painted the face of Mother Teresa in recent days, June principle 1576, latter's stay in the convent of San José de Sevilla. Mother Teresa, when he met with Ambrosio Mariano at Dona Luisa de la Cerda, describírnoslo portrayed him as “great servant of God and very simple things of the world”.

Table of Fray Juan, made oil painting on canvas with dimensions of 82 by 78 centíme­tros, beyond that Fray Juan de la Miseria was not a great artist, despite the technical imperfections that obviously has the painting, we find a historical document of the first order, the face of Mother Teresa who come to match the descriptions Santa Teresa, We leave María de San José, who claims “It was all perfect, as seen by a natural portrait pulled Fray Juan de la Miseria, our holy religious”.

The Father Gracian tells the story of the picture: "This portrait commanded I do for mortifi & shy; Mother car, because she asked me with great instance that mortificase; but I did not dare to so much mortification by that curious layman would consent to enter into the monastery, only to fr. Juan de la Miseria coming in there to paint other things…One day I sent the retratase, and to her that were left and leave portray. This felt much because she was very humble; and he felt both descomodidad and rudeness with which fr. Juan's portrayed, that made her wiggle room without heads and look up long, As it had to be her memory and figure in the world; After he photographed bad; why, although he was painter, was not very pri & shy; mo and so Mother Teresa used to say gracefully: God will forgive, fr. Juan, that since you painted me, you painted me ugly and bleary ".

Fray Juan de la Miseria, I had no great imagination, and perhaps in this case was the best, copied directly from nature, artless, the face of Mother Teresa. The hands were painted after, and that resaltasen did in the dark about the habit and clear the layer. Are also added later entries located on the right side of the image, where does the name and age of the mother and the date of execution of the face is recorded: "THE SECVNDO ME / SIS IVNII ", and the name of the author: "THIS WAS PORTRAIT SA / CADO MOTHER / TERESA DE JHESUS / FOUNDER OF DES / CALZAS CARMELITAS / PINCTOLO FRAI JUAN / MISERY OF RELI / Glossed OF THIS ORDER ".

Once beatified Mother Teresa, 1614, Dove was added, symbol Espiri & shy; your Holy, phylactery and out of his mouth, with the legend: Of "mercy, LORD, IN ETERNVM sing".

There have been numerous copies and imitations of Fray Juan box, to the point with & shy; vertirse norm for pinto & shy; ers and writers who attempted to translate the physical traits shy St. &; ta Teresa.

The canvas of Fray Juan served as the basis for engraving accompanying the first edition of the works of St. Teresa conducted by Fray Luis de León in Salamanca 1588, under the title books Mother Teresa, as recognized by the inscription is engraved at the foot of: “This portrait was taken from the Mother Teresa of Jhesus, founder of the Discalced Carmelites, pintolo friar Juan de la Miseria re & shy;-religious of the Order”.