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The Vision of the Blessed Hermann Joseph

The Vision of the Blessed Hermann Joseph is a 1629–1630 oil-on-canvas painting by the Flemish Baroque painter Anthony van Dyck. Hermann Joseph was a 12th- and 13th-century German canon regular and mystic whose status as a saint of the Catholic Church was formally recognized by Pope Pius XII in 1958. Legend relates that he had several visions of the Virgin Mary; this painting shows one such vision, in which he is joined in a mystic marriage to Mary, receiving the name Joseph after her spouse Saint Joseph. Produced for a chapel in Saint Ignatius Church in Antwerp, the painting now hangs in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

Painting cr: Anthony van Dyck

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