Venetian School of the sixteenth century, Francesco Bassano workshop
Christ in the House of Martha & Mary
Oil on canvas (112 cm by 94 cm)
Important gilt wood frame XVIIth century (144 cm by 126 cm)
Francesco Bassano the Younger Workshop (Bassano del Grappa, 1549 - Venice, 1592)
The composition is directly inspired by a prototype of Jacopo Bassano (the father) dating from 1576 to 1577 and located in the United States, Houston, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation (inv.79.13). There are many versions of this table with more or less important variations (museums and private collections)
Indeed, in the second half of the sixteenth century, Venice flourished all hosts some famous painters, the best known being: Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and Bassano. The renamed it be worth it to take the name of his hometown where he worked in a large workshop with his four son.
The style and character of our table probably suggest a work painted by the son, Francesco Bassano the Younger (Bassano del Grappa, 1549 - Venice, 1592). Note the differences from the table Houston (executed by his father)
The use of bright colors and processing contours evoke the pictorial style of this master, recognized also by the manner of successive plans that guide the eye towards the background of the green hole. While allowing the viewer to focus on the subject.
The scene describes an episode from the Gospel of Luke that Christ stopped at the house of a woman named Martha and as she worked to prepare the meal, her sister, Mary, Jesus and listening did not help his sister. Martha complained and Jesus replied that her sister Mary had chosen the better part by listening while Martha was worried and concerned about the amount of things she had to do.
Antiques.co.uk Ref: EG3TXNWV
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