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Jesuits


135 People in sitter grouping:

Dedicated to living life by their motto ad maiorem Dei gloriam - For the greater glory of God, members of the exclusively male Jesuit society, founded in 1521 by Ignatius Loyola, take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, with many working with the poor, as missionaries or in education. Followers of the Roman Catholic faith, the Jesuits have often been regarded with mistrust, particularly in Protestant Elizabethan England, where they were seen as representing a foreign Catholic threat. They would later become entangled in the Gunpowder Plot, and became enemies of the Crown, leading to the Royal Proclamation of 1606 by James VI that banished all Jesuits from the Kingdom. By the late 18th century, the Jesuit order had been suppressed by Rome, feared for its power, however, it would be re-established by Pope Pious VII in 1814, and would continue to grow into the largest male-only religious order.

Gaspar Goez

Gaspar Goez

died 1571
Jesuit Missionary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Gabriel Gomez

Gabriel Gomez

died 1568
Jesuit Missionary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Andreas Gonsalvus

Andreas Gonsalvus

died 1570
Jesuit Missionary
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Hart

John Hart

died 1586
Jesuit
Sitter in 6 portraits
Francis Hawkins

Francis Hawkins

1628-1681
Jesuit
Sitter in 3 portraits
Gonsalvus Henricus

Gonsalvus Henricus

died 1570
Jesuit Missionary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Alfonsus Hernandez

Alfonsus Hernandez

died 1571
Jesuit Missionary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Dominicus Hernandez

Dominicus Hernandez

died 1570
Jesuit Missionary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Thomas Holland (Sanderson or Hammond)

Thomas Holland (Sanderson or Hammond)

1600-1642
Jesuit
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sanctus Ioannes

Sanctus Ioannes

died 1570
Jesuit missionary
Sitter in 1 portrait
William Ireland (William Ironmonger)

William Ireland (William Ironmonger)

1636-1679
Jesuit
Sitter in 3 portraits
Martinus Laterna

Martinus Laterna

died 1598
Jesuit Missionary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Le Fevre (Phaire)

Le Fevre (Phaire)

active 1678
Jesuit
Sitter associated with 1 portrait
David Lewis (Charles Baker)

David Lewis (Charles Baker)

1617-1679
Jesuit and martyr
Sitter in 1 portrait
Francisco Lopez

Francisco Lopez

died 1568
Jesuit Missionary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Simon Lopez

Simon Lopez

died 1570
Jesuit Missionary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Emmanuel Lovus

Emmanuel Lovus

died 1568
Jesuit Missionary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Father Lurtice

Father Lurtice

Jesuit
Sitter associated with 3 portraits
Franciscus Magalanus

Franciscus Magalanus

died 1570
Jesuit Missionary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Petrus Martinez

Petrus Martinez

died 1566
Jesuit Missionary
Sitter in 1 portrait

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