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Scope Of Lorenzo Lippi Oil On Canvas 17th Century
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Scope Of Lorenzo Lippi Oil On Canvas 17th Century

Saint Rocco Confronted By The Angel

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Scope Of Lorenzo Lippi Oil On Canvas 17th Century

Saint Rocco Confronted By The Angel

Oil on canvas. The big scene representsa moment of the life of Saint Rocco, the French peregrin and miracle worker that is considered one of the most invoked saints, from the Middle Ages onwards, as the protector from the terrible scourge of the plague and later from all the scourges and catastrophies that afflicted humanity. Even now, in 2020, during the pandemic, the Saint has been the recepient of prayers and invocations to protect from the virus in many Christian communities in the world. The Saint is pictured during his imprisonment, that will lead him to death, that he underwent in Voghera during his return from Italy to France, with the accusation of espionage because, miserable and tattered, he hadn't been recognized by anyone, and he could not justify his passage through tormented and suspicious lands. There are many of the iconographic attributes of the Saint in the piece: he is only wearing a cape, the sandals and the buckle that holds his bottle tied to his chest; at his feet, there is the cloak and the cane of the peregrin; on his right, a dog with a piece of bread that, accirding to the legend, the animal was stealing from the canteen of a rich merchant to feed the sick Saint; on his left thigh you can see the lesion, sign of the illness the struck him. The piece is attributed to the scope of Lorenzo Lippi (1606-1684), Tuscan artist from 17th century, recognizable from the dry style and inspired by reality, but in particular for the poses and the peculiar anatomical conformations of the figures he painted: you can confront the close correspondence between the angel of this painting and the one in the Sacrifice of Isaac, preserved in Saint Lucia of Montecastello, but even the posture of Isaac, sitting but reclined back with his legs open like Saint Rocco. in a pose that seems to belong to the production of the artist specifically. We know that the production of Lorenzo Lippi, who was not only a painter but a literatus as well, was almost complitely dedicated to the religious and devotional subject, painted not only for the public clientele (city and country Churches), but for private clients as well; even in the production of portraits, that were the reason for his trip to Innsbruck as the Court painter, the subjects of the paintings were often included in sacred scenes. For centuries, the figure of the artist Lippi had few acknoledgements, and he was criticized for being "too determined" in remaining faithful to his style, made of a "pure and simple imitation of nature", as if he was an artist with no creativity and not very inclined to embrace the pictorial novelties introduced in the artistic scene; in particular the flair of the Baroque is missing from his production as well as the adhesion to the taste of the Court of the Medici, based on splendour and the sensuality of the models, remaing tied to the archaisms of the previous century, in particular to the ones of Santi from Tito, to remain close to the religious feeling of the Florentine people and its confraternities. His compositions, however, respond to the precise balance, both formal and narrational, with scenes lit ina clear manner, with a drawing that is almost from the Renaissance, with plastic postures that highlight the feeling of the character well, with clear characterizations of the faces and the hands, that are always busy in an explicit gesturality, demonstrative of the contents of the scene. The painting proposed here, already restored and reframed, is presented in a frame in style.

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Scope Of Gerrit Van Honthorst Oil On Canvas 17th Century
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Scope Of Gerrit Van Honthorst Oil On Canvas 17th Century

Jesus In Front Of Caiaphas

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Scope Of Gerrit Van Honthorst Oil On Canvas 17th Century

Jesus In Front Of Caiaphas

Oil on canvas. The painting reprises the piece of the Dutch master Gerrit Van Honthorst, realized in 1617 and now preserved in the National Gallery in London. Dutch by birth, he came to Rome soon after the death of Caravaggio, from whom he assimilated the style that earned him the nickname "Gherardo delle Notti". While in Rome, the artist was hosted by the Giustiniani family, who commissioned him a piece for his private collection, where it stayed until 1804. Brought to Paris first, in the Bonaparte collection, after more changes of ownership, it finally got to London in 1922. The painting tells the dramatic episode of the encounter between High Priest Caiaphas and Jesus, during his Passion. The whole upper part is occupied by the dark: the emptiness, the void, they focus the attention on the two protagonists and on the tragedy that is happening. The scene is strongly static, almost frozen in a specific moment, the accusatory act of the Priest towards Christ, to highlight the intensity of the inner drama, profoundly painful. In the scenem Caiaphas is on the left, sitting at the table on which the book of Jewish Law is sitting, and holds his finger up in an accusatory tone; Jesus is on the right, standing with his hands tied, in a humble attitude. There is a candle in the middle, the only source of light, that connects the face of Caiaphas and Jesus', that meet in a game of glances along a diagonal line, and of which the artificial light undelines mercilessly the expressive contrast, the priest's grotesque and angry, while Christ's is bright and composed. On the background, behind the two protagonists, there are figures of High Priests. They are just shadows in the dark who are waiting on the judgement and their faces are shrouded in the darkness that increases the tension. The mark of Caravaggio's influence is easy to spot in the contrast between lights and dark and the intensity of their gazes. The canvas here proposed, half the size of the original but faithful in the stylistic and interpretive forms, was probably commissioned in a smaller size by someone who appreciated the original in Palazzo Giustiniani. Restored and recanvased in 19th century. There are some names written on the back, signs of ownership. Frame in style.

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Saint Paul Hermit And Saint Anthony Abbot Oil On Canvas 17th Century
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Saint Paul Hermit And Saint Anthony Abbot Oil On Canvas 17th Century

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Saint Paul Hermit And Saint Anthony Abbot Oil On Canvas 17th Century

Oil on canvas. Lombard school. The painting portrays the two saints sitting on rocks in the shadows of leafy trees, while they break bread, in the foreground on the left; Saint Paul is traditionally dressed with animal skins, Saint Anthony Abbot is wearing the habit of the Order and he is holding a prayer book. The two Saints have often been represented together becasue they share many traits: they both lived in the third century, they are both Egyptian, they both left all of their properties very young to devote themselves to a life of complete solitude, living in prayer and poverty. Saint Anthony Abbot has been one of the most famous hermits in the history of the Church. Saint Paul the Hermit lived all of his life in complete solitude in the desert as well, fed only with the bread a raven would regularly bring to him, according to hagiographic narratives. When he was closer to death, Saint Anthony Abbot visited him, with whom he broke bread. In this representation, the landscape context doesn't remind of the desert lands of Egypt, but they are located in a Nordic or Alpine landscape. On the left, there is an eremitical landscape, with some green and a small stream bottom right. The painting, already restored and recanvased, presents evident craquelure. Frame in style.

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