Temptation of St. Thomas (Velázquez)

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Temptation of St. Thomas
La tentación de Santo Tomás de Aquino.jpg
ArtistDiego Velázquez
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions244 cm × 203 cm (96 in × 80 in)
LocationCathedral Museum of Sacred Art, Orihuela

The Temptation of St. Thomas is a painting by the Spanish Baroque painter Diego Velázquez, executed in 1632 and housed in the Museum of Sacred Art of Orihuela Cathedral, southern Spain.

The work, for a period, was attributed to Murcian painter Nicolás de Villacis, until it was recognized as Velázquez's in the 1920s. It portrays the episode of the life of Saint Thomas Aquinas when, as a novice, he resisted the temptation represented by a prostitute, who is visible in the background door. The saint is held by an angel, while another is preparing to dress him with a white ribbon, representing chastity.

Temptation of St. Thomas is among Velázquez's better-known paintings.[1]


  1. ^ Lowe, Alfonso; Seymour-Davies, Hugh (2000). The Companion Guide to the South of Spain. Companion Guides. p. 345. ISBN 1900639335.


  • __ (1990). Velázquez, Catálogo de la Exposición. Museo del Prado.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

External links[]

  • Velázquez , exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on this painting (see index)

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