The Miracles of St. Francis Xavier

about 1617/18, Artist: Peter Paul Rubens



The Miracles of St. Francis Xavier

This monumental painting was displayed alternately with The Miracles of St. Ignatius of Loyola (Inv. No. GG 517) on the high altar of Antwerp’s Jesuit Church. St. Francis Xavier stands preaching to a crowd of people. Some of the miracles he performed as part of his missionary activity in Asia are vividly depicted, both as a testimony to the Counter-Reformation and as preparation for the beatification of St. Francis Xavier in 1619. A man is summoned back from the dead, the blind and lame are healed, and in the temple an idol is falling, broken, to the ground.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Saal XIV

Object data

Object Name





about 1617/18


Peter Paul Rubens (1577 Siegen - 1640 Antwerpen) - GND




535 x 395 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 519


Jesuit Church, Antwerp; acquired 1776 from the Jesuit Church in Antwerp

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