c. 1662-1665. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. More.
The Dream of the Patrician. The Patrician Juan and His Wife Reveal His Dream to Pope Liberius.
The composition was executed for the church of Santa-Maria la Blanca. A legend says that in 352 the Roman Pope Liberius saw in his dream Madonna, who ordered him to build a temple for her at the place where snow would fall. In the morning the Pope had visitors: a Roman patrician Juan, with his wife, who said that he had seen Madonna in his dream and now he and his wife were ready to contribute their money to the construction of her new temple. See: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. The Patrician Juan and His Wife Reveal His Dream to Pope Liberius.