St. Ignatius Loyola Founder of the Jesuits.Born A.D. 1495 Died July 31st. 1556. The Original Picture by Rubens in the possession of the Right Honble. The Earl of Warwick, at Warwick Castle.
Leamington, Published by C. Elston, No.12, Lower Union Parade. [n.d., c.1845.] Printed by Graf & Soret.
Original hand coloured lithograph, sheet 455 x 380mm. 18 x 15".
St Ignatius of Loyola (1491 - 1556) was the principal founder and first Superior General of the Society of Jesus. He was very active in fighting the Protestant Reformation and promoting the subsequent Counter-Reformation. He was beatified and then on March 12, 1622, was canonized. His feast day is July 31st. He is the patron saint of the Basque historical territories of Guip˙zcoa and Biscay and the Society of Jesus, among other things. He stands in a gesture of blessing and holding the open book of Rule of his Order, with the Jesuit motto 'Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam' inscribed within. A ray of divine light penetrates the dark background above him. By John Brandard (1812 - 1863), Victorian lithographer, engraver and illustrator. After the painting by Peter Paul Rubens at Warwick Castle, formerly the altar-painting of the Jesuit's Church at Brussels. It is the companion piece to a representation of St Francis Xavier
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