Project: The Epiphany
Author: Juan Carreño de Miranda (1614-1685)
Date: s. XVII
Description: Every year, for the feast of the Kings, the second most important feast of the parish, this picture was placed in the Main Altar, presiding over the celebrations. You can see Mary presented to the child Jesus, with St. Joseph beside her, before the Kings, who adore her and offer her their gifts. The Epiphany, or the manifestation of Jesus to the peoples of the earth, is here exquisitely represented. The composition, the colours and the admirable psychological penetration that the artist has conferred on the central figures, show the hands of a great master. Juan Carreño de Miranda, a chamber painter of King Felipe IV and King Carlos II, was a disciple of Velázquez, and, like him, was an outstanding member of the portrait school of the Spanish court in the 17th century. His work is mainly preserved in the Prado Museum. It is not known when the “Epiphany” came to the Pine Tree, but it was already in the late nineteenth century, although the authorship was not established until the eighties of the twentieth century.