Temptation of St. Thomas (Velázquez)
|Temptation of St. Thomas|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||244 cm × 203 cm (96 in × 80 in)|
|Location||Cathedral Museum of Sacred Art, Orihuela|
The work, for a period, was attributed to Murcian painter Nicolás de Villacis, until it was recognized as Velázquez's in the 1920s. It portrays the episode of the life of Saint Thomas Aquinas when, as a novice, he resisted the temptation represented by a prostitute, who is visible in the background door. The saint is held by an angel, while another is preparing to dress him with a white ribbon, representing chastity.
Temptation of St. Thomas is among Velázquez's better-known paintings.
- __ (1990). Velázquez, Catálogo de la Exposición. Museo del Prado.
- Velázquez , exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on this painting (see index)