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Creation Date

1632

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Temptation of St. Thomas by the Spanish Baroque painter Diego Velázquez (1599-1660), executed in 1632 and housed in the Museum of Sacred Art of Orihuela Cathedral in southern Spain.

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

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