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Francisco de Zurbaran (November 7, 1598 – August 27, 1664) Saint Margaret of Antioch Oil on canvas, 1630­4  163 x 105 cm National Gallery, London, UK
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Title: Saint Margaret of Antioch
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Francisco de Zurbaran (November 7, 1598 – August 27, 1664)
Saint Margaret of Antioch
Oil on canvas, 1630­4
163 x 105 cm
National Gallery, London, UK


Various stories from the life of Saint Margaret, a virgin martyr of Antioch, are recorded. She is supposed to have overcome a dragon, to have been the princess rescued by Saint George, and to have been swallowed by a dragon which burst, so releasing her ­ hence her role as a patron of women in childbirth. Her rustic clothes and the crook she carries refer to her rural upbringing, but the book implies her faith and learning. Over her arm is a Spanish saddle-bag (alforjas).

Saint Margaret of Antioch is thought to date from the early 1630s before the artist left Seville for Madrid in 1634.

Possibly in the collection of Prince Charles (later Charles IV of Spain) by 1789; perhaps given by the King of Spain to the 2nd Baron Ashburton; bought from the 5th Marquess of Northampton who was the executor of Lousia, Lady Ashburton, 1903.

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