Saint Didacus of Alcala de Henares
The young Murillo was commissioned to paint a cycle of paintings for the Franciscans of Seville which his elder, Zurbaran had turned down. Today this cycle is split up and its most famous element is The Angels’ Kitchen in the Louvre. Saint Didacus is a figure of the Franciscan Order. A gardener monk, he spent long hours in meditation. Murillo paints a scene where ecclesiastic dignitaries come to visit the monk who does not even realise that they are there. The episode is commentated by an inscriptiond present in all of the episodes of the cycle. At the threshold of his career, Murillo remained loyal to the Sevillian Naturalism he was trained in, before developing the Baroque opulence that would make him famous.