"Drunkenness Of Noah Giovanni Andrea De Ferrari"Oil painting on canvas measuring 140 x 215 cm without frame and 160 x 235 cm with contemporary frame representing the drunkenness of Noah by the painter Giovanni Andrea De Ferrari (Genoa 1598 - 1669).
This painting, executed in a more horizontal and elongated format, although with variations from the version present at the National Gallery of Parma, is an unpublished and autographed work of Giovanni Andrea de Ferrari and illustrates a biblical story, the intoxication of Noah. In the book of Genesis (9, 20 - 27), it is recorded that Noah having built a vineyard and having once drunk too much was found in a state of drunkenness by Ham, who informed his brothers afterwards. to have observed with curiosity; something which was reproached by the brothers Sem and Lafet who instead approach Noah and walk backwards so as not to see the naked father approaching him and covering him with a cloak.
De Ferrari formed in the workshop of Bernando Castello first (1610 - 1612) and Bernardo Strozzi later (1613 - 1619) first performs works that are placed in the narrow orbit of the Capuchin from which he takes up the subjects of features and above all the taste for a free paint and made with pure color. His maturation saw him gradually move away from the ways of the master and in the 1920s approach other painters. Knowledge of Fiasella in the fourth decade of the century will be fundamental. These are the years when the painter sees his artistic maturity approaching, when he acquires a style of his own which combines the coloristic taste of the Chrozzo ancestry with the new lesson of a pictorial writing for sails introduced in Genoa by Flemish painters. such as Van Dyck and Jan Roos.
Precisely in the 1940s, our canvas is placed precisely in coincidence with the abandonment by the painter of the dimension of the altarpiece to devote himself to easel works for individuals and with the color which breaks into vibrant touches and totally detached from a formal constraint. In addition to this and the canvas in the National Gallery, there is also a third canvas of a similar subject belonging to the Linguistic Academy of Fine Arts of Genoa on deposit at Palazzo Bianco, a little smaller and composed differently . The figures represented here in their bodily solidity and monumentality constitute a salient element of De Ferrari's painting capable of combining the realism of Strozzi with the chromatic drawing of Vandich with new fiasco suggestions. This painting, in excellent condition, comes from a private house; it also has the expertise of Professor Anna Orlando and was exhibited in an exhibition in Verona at the Palazzo della Guardia between April and August 2015 entitled Art and Wine by Annalisa Scarpa and Nicola Spinosa.
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