ROELAS, Juan de las
(b. ca. 1570, Flanders, d. 1625, Olivares)
Adoration of the Name of Jesus1604-05
Oil on canvas, 574 x 335 cm
University Chapel, Seville
The style introduced by Roelas into Seville was not a radical departure from the work of the established local painters, which is probably why he found favour among traditionally minded ecclesiastical patrons. For instance, his first commission, the Adoration of the Name of Jesus, the central painting for the main altarpiece in the Jesuit church, is divided into heavenly and earthly zones, following a formula that was popular throughout Catholic Europe and especially in Seville.