Place: Sternberg Palace
The National Gallery in Prague purchased the painting St Helen at auction in 2015. It had been in private ownership in Spain. It is by Jan Salomonsz de Bray, a major painter of historical scenes and portraits and the son of painter Salomon de Bray. His life is most closely tied to the city of Haarlem, where he was elected several times to lead of the St Lucas Guild. The painting capturing St Helen on her knees, clad in an ermine cloak and with a crown on her head, probably comes from the artist’s early period, i.e. 1650–1660. At that time, De Bray’s work was greatly influenced by the work of his father, but was gradually crystallizing into a more original form of expression that was further influenced by the work of painters Pieter de Grebber and Pieter Soutman. St Helen was the mother of the first Christian Roman ruler Constantine the Great, together with whom she established Christian churches throughout the Roman Empire. According to legend, she found the cross on which Christ had been crucified on her pilgrimage in Syria and Palestine. This cross thus became her main attribute.
Curator: Andrea Steckerová
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