"Francesco Solimena XVII Century Oil On Canvas"We present to the lovers of beautiful Italian painting, this masterpiece by Maestro Francesco Solimena:
Rest during the flight to Egypt.
The painting offers a very complete and pleasant scene to the gaze and the contemplation of those who observe it, with a dense and precious pictorial rendering and a fluid contrast of values and drawing up of the shades of color used in a chiaroscuro key, due to skill and virtuosity del Solimena.
The work offers us a historical episode on the theme of the flight into Egypt, a famous episode mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew, however, it also interprets a concept of tenderness and affection between mother and son.
Immersed in a rural setting dominated by a mighty sculpture of sphinx, two angels in the foreground and delightfully painted, are going to pay homage to the Infant Jesus, who illuminated by an extraordinary radiant light, and wrapped by the love of Mary, observes the spectator.
The figure of the Madonna also in full light, dominates the scene enhanced by a long vestal in shades of lapis lazuli blue.
Joseph immersed in a diffuse twilight in the background of a sky dominated by clouds and a block of buildings in the distance, tenderly observes the Child Jesus and Mary.
This work points directly to the feelings of the viewer, to the involvement of the senses through a simple, direct, obvious but also theatrical and engaging language and iconography, this typicality marks the writing of the work, even the love for detail is definitely loaded with that surprising "visual effect" adopted and sought after by the artist.
Oil on canvas from the 17th century
Author: Francesco Solimena 1657 - 1747
Provenance: Sotheby's, Montecarlo, 23 February 1986, lot 477, as "attributed to Giovan Battista Rossi".
Reasoned catalog of Solimena's paintings.
Curator: Professor Nicola Spinosa
Title: Francesco Solimena (1657-1747) and the Arts in Naples Reproduction Pag. 224 fig. 76d
Frame dimensions: Height 129 cm x Width 165 cm
Canvas dimensions: Height 99 cm x Width 135 cm
Status Reporting by Dr. Daniela Galoppi restorer for the Superintendency of Fine Arts of the Municipality of Arezzo.
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Work visible in the Gallery at La corte degli Ulivi Gallery.
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