Apparition of Saint Michael on Mount Gargano

Saint Michael and the Bull

circa 1650



Sebastian Lopez de Arteaga, Spanish, 1610-1652
Born: Seville, Spain
Work Locations: Seville, Spain; Mexico
Active Years: 1640-1652


Object Info

Object: painting
Not currently on view
Object ID: 1994.27


Oil paint on canvas


Gift of Frank Barrows Freyer Collection by exchange and Gift of Frederick and Jan Mayer

More Info


image height: 75 in, 190.5000 cm; image width: 61 in, 154.9400 cm; frame height: 86.75 in, 220.3450 cm; frame width: 72.25 in, 183.5150 cm; frame depth: 4 in, 10.1600 cm


Mayer Center of Ancient and Latin American Art


Latin American Art

Known Provenance

Gifted 27 January 1994 by Frederick and Jan Mayer to the Denver Art Museum. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.


Sebastian Lopez de Arteaga, Apparition of Saint Michael on Mount Gargano. Mexico, about 1650. Oil on canvas, 75 x 61 in. Gift of Frank Barrows Freyer Collection by exchange and Gift of Frederick and Jan Mayer; 1994.27.

Extended Info

As part of the colonization effort in the Americas, Spaniards founded towns with cathedrals and civic buildings and established mission churches and schools in Indian settlements. Artists emigrated from Europe, particularly from Spain, Flanders, and Italy, to decorate these new buildings. Sebastián López de Arteaga arrived in Mexico from Seville around 1640. Since he died in 1652, only a handful of paintings survive by his hand.
     This large, spectacular painting of the archangel Michael is signed by Arteaga in the lower left and dates from around 1650. It depicts the appearance of Saint Michael on Mount Gargano (in the boot heel of Italy) to a local bishop (lower left). Michael is explaining to the bishop that he caused an arrow shot by an angry farmer at his runaway bull to return toward the farmer instead. The miracle scene is visible near Michael’s left knee.
-- Donna Pierce, 2015

Exhibition History

  • "Painting a New World: Mexican Art and Life 1521 - 1821", Denver Art Museum, April 3 - July 25, 2004 "Arts In Latin America 1492 - 1800", Philadelphia Museum of Art, September 2006 - September 2007. "El vuelo de las im