Extremely beautiful Saint Jude Thaddeus, an oil on glass painting from the Italian School (17th Century). This striking work of art is nearly 400 years old, a feature which turns it into a really special piece. Small in size, it is rectangular in shape and depicts the foreshortened bust of the saint, looking at the sky in a profoundly reverential attitude. Saint Jude Thaddeus was one of the Twelve Apostles and is considered the patron saint of the despaired and the impossible. The tradition tells that he was martyrized with a mace, though later iconography would change this torture instrument for other tools: the halberd (which can be see in this painting), the sword or the axe. The image depicted is remarkable expressive the eyes glow with emotion, the ajar mouth claims for God and the left hand embraces the body, in a posture full of spiritual strength. The strokes are loose and precise and the warm-colored chromatic array creates a powerful effect. We are surely looking at an exceptional painting by a great artist. It is framed by a water-gilt molding, wide and classic, which enhances its great look. Any lover of classic painting and religious imagery will recognize a masterpiece in this Saint Jude Thaddeus, an oil on glass painting from the Italian School. Dimensions: Width: 3.74 in / 9.5 cm. Height: 4.53 in / 11,5 cm. Frame: Width: 7.68 in / 19.5 cm. Height: 8.46 in / 21.5 cm. "IMPORTANT: In order to export antique artwork outside of Spain, it is necessary to apply for a special art export permit that is processed by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. These permits can take between 2 and 6 weeks, after which time it can be exported as antique artwork. Keep this in mind when purchasing."