Holy Family with San Giovannino

Bernardo Strozzi

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

This work is not directly attributable to Bernardo Strozzi, but must be placed in his context. Strozzi, called Il Cappuccino or Il Prete Genovese, was an anomalous artist in the Ligurian country. Considered a master of pictorialism, he was actually a tormented character, often in conflict with the ecclesiastical hierarchies. The figure of Mary i beautiful, especially for the expression of the face, worried and attentive. The artist successfully portrays a young woman, perhaps modeled using the features of one humble neighbor. More conventional are the moods of the two children, who occupy the central and left part of the canvas with their large bodies.


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