The Prayer of Saint Bonaventure concerning the Election of the New Pope

Zurbarán, Francisco de (1598-1664) | Painter


Elections are not always easy – and that also applied to the election of a new Pope in 1268. Owing to disagreement among the Cardinals after the death of Clement IV, a successor was only found after three years and with the aid of St Bonaventure. Here, the Franciscan monk kneels in front of the papal tiara as an angel reveals to him the name of God’s desired candidate. On the right, three men in contemporary costume watch the scene, while behind them Cardinals can be seen discussing the matter.

Material & Technique
Oil on canvas
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
c. 1628/29
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 696