The Museo del Prado extended loan
This work illustrates this Verona-born artist's (Alessandro Turchi) successful activity in Rome and the prestige of his art among the high aristocratic collectors.
It is an exquisitely executed painting with realistic features and a classicist composition in which the setting, light, colours and sentimentality merge in delicate harmony.
This work by Vaccaro reveals the painter’s sophisticated language, full of inventiveness and creativity, inspired by the most innovative practices that had emerged in Naples during the first quarter of the seventeenth century, ranging from naturalism to baroque classicism and Van Dyck's chromatic and moving subtlety.
It is also a fine example of how commissions from aristocrats encouraged thematic adventures as bold as a biblical story of incest.
This painting formed part of a cycle on the life of the Virgin made for the Order of Knights of Our Lady of the Assumption in the Jesuit School of San Esteban in Murcia.
Based on an archaising composition, still in keeping with the forms of Late Mannerism, the artists create a narrative of high devotional efficacy combining rich and luminous colours with an emotive technique familiar to the viewers of the time.
The artist Francesco Solimena could be considered the emblem of the pictorial skill accumulated during the seventeenth century by the best Neapolitan workshops and also an example of virtuosity.
His creations are impressive because of their compositional boldness, effective use of light and dramatic intensity.
Here Solimena uses his wide range of resources for a narrative in which the harshness of God's punishment of the sinners contrasts with His mercy towards the repentant.
Museu d’Art de Girona
Direction: Carme Clusellas
Texts and curating: Dr. Joan Bosch i Ballbona
Coordination: Isabel Fabregat
Technical support: Antoni Monturiol
Exhibition design: Cristina Masferrer Estudi
Conservation and Restoration: Elena Boix, Laia Roca, Ester Horno
Montage Elena Boix, Jaume Soler
Photographs: Archivo Museu d'Art de Girona, Rafel Bosch
Digital adaptation: Irene Forts