Saint Dominic of Silos enthroned as Abbot by Bartolomé Bermejo

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1474-1477. Oil on panel, 242 x 130 cm.

The central panel of the Altarpiece of Saint Dominic of Silos from the parish of Daroca, Saragossa, depicts the holy Benedictine abbot dressed as a bishop. He sits on a Gothic throne decorated with polychrome statues of the seven virtues: the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, and the Cardinal Virtues of Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance. Especially outstanding here is the extreme realism of Saint Dominic's face and the strength of his gaze, which are characteristic of Flemish art. In this case, they are ideal, rather than true, as Friar Dominic lived and founded the Monastary of Silos (near Burgos) in the eleventh century. This realism contrasts with the abundant use of gold, which was specified in the contract, but is not inlaid, as was habitual in Aragon.