Krampus is a mythical creature recognized in alpine countries. According to legend, Krampus accompanies St. Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children.
Anónimo, Retrato de doña Juana Leandra Gómez de Parada y Fonseca Enríquez Gallo de Pardiñas y Núñez de Villavicencio de Ovando, óleo sobre tela, 189 x 99 cm., ca. 1770-85, colección particular, catalogación: Juan Carlos Cancino.
Nicolaes Eliasz Pickenoy ~ Portrait of Catharina Hooft (detail) ~ Nicolaes Eliaszoon Pickenoy was a Dutch painter of Flemish origin. Pickenoy was possibly a pupil of Cornelis van der Voort and presumably Bartholomeus van der Helst was his own pupil.