"The Appearance of an Angel to St. Clare and St. Agnes of Assisi and St. Colette of Corbie"
Museu de Setúbal, Convento de Jesus
The painter Quentin Metsys was born in Leuven, Belgium, in 1466, and subsequently settled in Antwerp in 1491. The appearance of an angel to St. Clare and St. Agnes of Assisi and St. Colette of Corbie is an unusual theme, having been painted in defense of the reform that was initiated by St. Colette in 1406, with the aim of re-establishing the original ideals of the Poor Clares convents, and adopted at the convents of Jesus, in Setúbal, and Madre de Deus, in Xabregas, from where the works exhibited here have been taken. The painting of the Convent of Jesus, which today belongs to the Museum of Setúbal, is the Guest Work; displayed next to it is the painting from Xabregas, which now forms part of the collection of the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga.