"Saint Martin Sharing His Coat With A Beggar, XVIIth Century Bolognese School"
Large canvas depicting 'San Martino di Tours gives part of the cloak to a poor man' (The mercy of San Martino)
Bolognese school of the seventeenth century
Oil on canvas, cm. 127 x 96
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The work, presumably executed to embellish an altar in a private chapel, depicts Saint Martin of Tours, one of the most revered saints in the West, as well as patron of France. He is represented before his Christian conversion, as a proud-bearing Roman soldier, with his prestigious armor, covered by a red cloak with ample drapery and a feathered helmet, astride his steed.
The extremely rare subject shows the most representative episode that sees him as the protagonist and that will push him to leave the army to convert to Christianity. Martino, seeing a half-naked beggar and suffering from the cold, cuts his cloak in two and offers him a half with a gesture of great mercy. According to legend, with this gesture the sky began to lighten and the temperature became mild. The same night, Martin had the vision of Jesus who in visiting him brought back the missing piece of the cloak; Upon awakening he then found his cloak intact again.
The style features suggest the attribution to an author with inflections from Central Italy, from the Emilia school in particular, but with coloristic characters of Venetian influence. A more in-depth analysis would push us to bring his hand closer to an author very close to the spirit of Giuseppe Diamantini (Fossombrone, 1621 - 1705).
Painter of Marche origins Giuseppe Diamantini (Fossombrone, 1621 - 1705), spent his formative years in Bologna, where he attended the Carracces field, before moving to Venice: this would explain the intriguing and wise mix of Bolognese classicism with the Venetian chiaroscuro contrast found in the work in question.
The canvas is in excellent general condition.
Certificate of authenticity FIMA - CINOA
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