We inform you that in the course of browsing the websites of the Ibercaja Group, our own and third-party cookies are used (anonymous data files), which are stored in the user’s device non-instrusively. These data are used exclusively to enable and anonymously study some interactions during your time browsing a website and collect data that may be updated and retrieved. If you continue to browse our website, this implies your acceptance of the use of the cookies indicated. You can get more information or find out how to change your settings in our Cookies Policy section.


Saint Hermenegild and Saint Cosmas

Saint Hermenegild and Saint Cosmas

Technical details

  • Author Pedro de Campaña
  • Title Saint Hermenegild and Saint Cosmas
  • Timeline c. 1545-1550
  • Technique Oil on oak board


Pedro de Campaña, a Flemish painter from the Renaissance, known in Seville, his place of residence for close to thirty years, as Pedro de Campaña, is the creator of the paintings of Saint Hermenegild and Saint Cosmas, dating from 1545-1550. Both paintings exude a sense of monumentality by depicting the saints in the extreme foreground, against a low-lying, idealised landscape, and with Mannerist sophistication and artifice in the postures and gestures they adopt. Saint Hermenegild is elegantly dressed, and he wears a royal crown to represent his self-proclamation as king of the Spanish province of Baetica under the Visigoths, and is depicted with a saint's halo. His right hand holds a cross, the reason for his martyrdom, and his right bears the axe with which he was beheaded in AD 585 for not renouncing Catholicism and refusing to return to the Arianism practised by the Visigoths. Saint Cosmas, a physician who was both charitable and generous to the sick, who died beheaded in AD 395 together with his brother Damian during the Emperor Diocletian's persecution, carries a box with remedies and medicines.

Location in the museum

You may find this artwork on  Floor 1 Goya’s Background