St. Fabiola portraits

  • Saint Fabiola was a nurse and Roman matron of rank of the company of noble Roman women who, under the influence of the Church father St. Jerome gave up all earthly pleasures and devoted themselves to the practice of Christian asceticism and charitable work.


    Jean-Jacques Henner painted his portrait of Fabiola (in a classical Roman profile) in 1885; the original of this idealized portrayal of the saint was lost in 1912 but the image was copied by artists around the globe in the following century.


    In 2008, contemporary artist Francis Alÿs mounted a traveling exhibition of over 300 of these copies from his own collection. The exhibition first ran at the Hispanic Society of America in New York City, then the LACMA in Los Angeles, going on to the National Portrait Gallery in London from May to September 2009.


    Portrait size: H39cm x W31.5cm x D4cm

    Needlepoint size: H37.5cm x W32cm x D4.5cm


    Condition: signs of age to the frames, with a few marks and scuffs


    Care: clean with a dry cloth