ZURBARÁN, Francisco de
(b. 1598, Fuente de Cantos, d. 1664, Madrid)
The Martyrdom of St Serapion1628
Oil on canvas, 120 x 104 cm
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford
This painting was commissioned by the The Mercedarian Order to hang in the De Profundis (funerary chapel) hall of their monastery in Seville (now Museum of Fine Arts of Seville). St Serapion of Algiers (1179-1240) was a Mercedarian friar who fought in the Third Crusade of 1196 and was later martyred.