VELÁZQUEZ, Diego Rodriguez de Silva y
(b. 1599, Sevilla, d. 1660, Madrid)
St Anthony Abbot and St Paul the Hermit (detail)c. 1635
Oil on canvas
Museo del Prado, Madrid
The detail depicts the raven bringing the two saints a loaf of bread from heaven. The woodcut by Albrecht Dürer, which probably served as a model for this composition, also shows the raven flying down to bring the hermits a loaf of bread, in the same attitude as in Velázquez's painting.