Pittura italiana del Seicento

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Lot and His Daughters, Orazio Gentileschi, c.1628, From the collection of: Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao
Lot and His Daughters, Orazio Gentileschi, c.1628, From the collection of: Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao
In 1626 King Charles I of England invited Gentileschi to London and commissioned several large-scale canvases from him. This work was one of them and relates the biblical passage in which Lot, having learnt of the destruction of Sodom, flew with his family. On the way his wife, depicted in the landscape as a minute figure, was transformed into a statue of salt when she disobeyed divine orders and turned back to look at the city in flames. Lot and his daughters took refuge in a cave where, in the fear of being left alone in the world, the girls intoxicated and seduced their father in order to bear his children. Gentileschi subtly suggests the eroticism of this delicate subject, symbolically brought into play in the context of the dynastic concerns of the English court, although he had depicted the subject previously in Genoa. The vine, the jug and the spilt wine allude to Lot’s inebriation in this open and elaborate composition, in which the three almost life-size figures stand out against the dark ground thanks to a dramatic lighting. The nuances of Lot’s iridescent robe and of the mantle worn by one of his daughters, painted in bright ultramarine, are rendered with great skill. During this London period Gentileschi’s painting evolved towards a refined colourful style, as exemplified by this magnificent work. In 1628 the painting was hung in Whitehall Palace and was subsequently taken to Greenwich Palace on the express wish of Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I. In the early seventeenth century Gentileschi met Caravaggio in Rome and became one of his most distinguished disciples, capturing his style with greater elegance and less tenebrism than other followers. After working in Rome, Genoa and Turin, and subsequently in Paris in the service of Maria de’ Medici, he eventually took up residence in London.
The Virgin with the Sleeping Christ Child, Orazio Gentileschi, c. 1610, From the collection of: Harvard Art Museums
Self-portrait as the Allegory of Painting (La Pittura), Artemisia Gentileschi, 1638-1639, From the collection of: Royal Collection Trust, UK
Judith and Holofernes, Artemisia Gentileschi, 1620 - 1621, From the collection of: Uffizi Gallery
Jael and Sisera, Artemisia Gentileschi, 1620, From the collection of: Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
Death of Cleopatra, Guercino (Giovan Francesco Barbieri), 1648, From the collection of: Musei di Strada Nuova
Esther before Ahasuerus, Guercino, Europe, Baroque (1590-1750), From the collection of: University of Michigan Museum of Art
Personification of Astrology, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Guercino, 1650/1655, From the collection of: Blanton Museum of Art
Europa and the Bull, Reni, Guido, 17th century, From the collection of: Dulwich Picture Gallery
The Baptism of Christ, Guido Reni, 1622/1623, From the collection of: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Saint Sebastian, Guido Reni, Circa 1615, From the collection of: Musei di Strada Nuova
Hero Mourning the Dead Leander, Domenico Fetti, 1621/1622, From the collection of: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Judith in the Tent of Holofernes, Johann Liss, ca. 1624–1625, From the collection of: Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
Village Wedding Procession, Johann Liss, ca. 1616–1619, From the collection of: Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
The Sermon of St. John the Baptist, Bernardo Strozzi, 1642/1644, From the collection of: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Vanitas (Old Coquette), Bernardo Strozzi, Around 1637, From the collection of: The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
The Cook, Bernardo Strozzi, Circa 1625, From the collection of: Musei di Strada Nuova
A Witch, Salvator Rosa, 1646, From the collection of: Musei Capitolini
Series of the Four Parts of the World. Asia, Luca Giordano, copies, 1634 - 1705, From the collection of: Fundación Banco Santander
Caton d’Utique, Luca Giordano, From the collection of: MuMa - Musée d'art moderne André Malraux
The Entombment of Christ, Luca Giordano, 1655, From the collection of: Philbrook Museum of Art
The Flight into Egypt, Luca Giordano, ca. 1680–1685, From the collection of: Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
The Flight into Egypt, Luca Giordano, ca. 1680–1685, From the collection of: Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
The Triumph of Judith, Luca Giordano, 1701/1705, From the collection of: The Bowes Museum
The Triumph of Judith, Luca Giordano, 1701/1705, From the collection of: The Bowes Museum
Feast of Herod, Mattia Preti, 1656 - 1661, From the collection of: The Toledo Museum of Art
Clorinda rescues Olindo and Sophronia, Mattia Preti (Cavalier calabrese), 1646, From the collection of: Musei di Strada Nuova
Venus Mourning the Death of Adonis, Francesco Furini, ca. 1626–1628, From the collection of: Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
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