The National Gallery focuses on saints from baroque paintings, by drawing on its collection of Italian, Spanish and Flemish artists including Giordano, Mattia Preti, Jordaens, Guercino and Domenichino.
17th-century Catholics regarded saints as inspirational role models, leading to their widespread representation in paintings across Europe. The principal protagonists of this art were Caravaggio and Annibale Carracci, both of whom carried out numerous papal commissions in Rome.
Featured in the National Gallery's exhibition are popular Counter-Reformation saints such as Mary Magdalene, John the Baptist, Sebastian, Irene, Rufina, Alexis and Joseph.
Mon-Sat 09.30-17.30 Thurs 09.30-20.30 Sun. 12.00-17.30