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 of Aquino 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)