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Josef Ignác Raab / The Fourteen Holy Helpers

(post 1750)

His most important works are outstanding examples of distinctively coloured late Baroque painting, some of which make use of tenebrism while others have a lighter atmosphere. Although Raab was a highly skilled landscape artist, religious figural scenes predominate in his output. Raab was very familiar with late Venetian school of art and the composition of idyllic landscapes with atmospheric light effects. The painting The Fourteen Holy Helpers depicts a group of saints (Achatius, Barbara, Blaise, Catherine of Alexandria, Christopher, Cyriacus, Denis, Erasmus, Eustachius, George, Giles, Margaret of Antioch, Pantaleone, Vitus), revered by the Catholic church. Their intercessions were believed to assist the healing of various ailments. The tradition dates back to the 14th century in the Rhineland as a result of the epidemic later known as the Black Death. The Ostrava canvas is example of Raab’s mastery. The richly figural and spatially segmented composition displays all the elements of Raab’s style without any other input.

RAAB IGNÁC JOSEF

Ignác Josef Raab was an outstanding exponent of Baroque painting in the Czech lands and particularly in Moravia. He was a typical example of a painter whose oeuvre is associated particularly with commissions for church and monastery settings. In 1744 he entered the Jesuit order in Brno and served it until its suppression in 1773, when he retired to Velehrad, where he had a fairly large workshop. He was an extremely active Jesuit and prolific painter and the quality of some of his canvases is variable due to workshop input. The iconographic breadth of his output owes much to graphic prints and other models that inspired many of his compositions.
The Hradec Králové Master / The Virgin Mary with SS Barbara and Catherine

The Hradec Králové Master / The Virgin Mary with SS Barbara and Catherine

around 1490
Marco Bello / The Holy Family with the John the Baptist as a Child and St Roch

Marco Bello / The Holy Family with the John the Baptist as a Child and St Roch

(1st decade of the 16th century)
Hans von Aachen / Job in Misfortune

Hans von Aachen / Job in Misfortune

(pre-1600)
Domenico Fetti / Adonis

Domenico Fetti / Adonis

(post 1613)
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