Deposition – Giovanni Battista Benvenuti

2019-07-15T13:38:13+00:00

DEPOSITION – Ortolano 1515

Art historians have been able to date the present work, exposed in the Borghese Gallery, by comparing its subject matter with that of Ortolano’s Deposition, now in the Galleria di Capodimonte in Naples: in both paintings the figure of St Christopher is crossing the river in the left background, and three crosses can be seen on the right.
The comparison with the Naples Deposition has allowed the present painting exposed in the Borghese Gallery to be dated to 1521 (Delia Pergola, 1955), although this date […]

Virgin and Child – Bellini

2019-07-15T12:51:11+00:00

VIRGIN AND CHILD – Bellini 1510

The Madonna and Child is an oil painting on wood (50×41 cm) by Giovanni Bellini, dating back to around 1510 and kept in the Galleria Borghese in Rome. The pose of the virgin, who is holding the Child with her left arm and has placed the palm of her right hand under his foot, is also found in another two paintings by Giovanni Bellini. The panel in the Borghese Gallery is more lyrical in character as may be noted in the landscape […]

View of the Villa

2019-02-03T15:41:45+00:00

VIEW OF THE VILLA BORGHESE – Johan Wilhelm Baur 1636.

Unlike Abraham van Cuylenborch’s view of the Villa Borghese, this painting shows the building, with some variations, closer at hand, with larger figures thronging the foreground. The view shows the double flight of steps, based on the one that designed by Michelangelo for the Palazzo Senatorio on the capital line hill, and a portico that, at The time, was without iron grill soon. This is one of the artists best known works, combining a taste for the monumental aspect […]

Portrait of a Man

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PORTRAIT OF A MAN – Rapahel 1510 ca.

This painting is listed in and 18th century inventory of the Borghese gallery as a work by Raphael, but after the fidei commission of 1833 it was attributed to Holbein, without specifying whether the reference was to Hand Holbein or his father, Hans Holbein the elder. This attribution is explained by the anti-classical rendering of the face, which was executed in a period, before the middle of the first decade of the 16th century, when Rafael was influenced by the portraiture of […]

Vase of Flowers

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VASE OF FLOWERS – Jan Brueghel the Elder 1590 ca.

Executed with the same technique – although, due to the different dimensions, not pendants – these paintings, datable to the last decade of the 16th century, should be considered together because of the evident similarities in the way the still life are represented. Although the flowers form a fairly voluminous mass, they are, in both cases, contained in a glass vase with a spherical form on which the light, coming from the left, is reflected. In both works, flowers […]

Andromeda

2019-02-03T15:45:50+00:00

ANDROMEDA – Rutilio Manetti 1612

Chained by her wrists to a rock, Andromeda gazes with terror at the sea, where a monster threateningly opens its jaws; in the background, in the sky, Purseus appears on the winged horse Pegasus. According to the mythological account, Andromeda‘s mother, Cassiopea, the wife of the Ethiopian king Cepheus, boasted that her daughter was more beautiful than the Nereids, arousing the wrath of the gods. In revenge, Poseidon , who had married Amphitrite, one of the Nereids, flooded the country and sent a […]

Self Portrait as Bacchus

2019-07-12T08:47:09+00:00

SELF PORTRAIT AS BACCHUS – Caravaggio 1606

A self-portrait of Caravaggio made during his stay at the Consolation hospital. The Bacchino malato was donated to Cardinal Scipione Borghese by Pope Paul V and, therefore, housed in the family collection.

Caravaggio, Bacchino sick, 1593-1594, oil on canvas, 67 x 53 cm. Rome, Galleria Borghese

DESCRIPTION. SICK BACCHUS IS REPRESENTED AS A CONVALESCENT BACCO
The painting, alleged self-portrait of Caravaggio, takes the title from the skin color of the protagonist. Around 1593, the artist was admitted to the Consolation hospital, destined for the […]

David with the Head of Goliath

2019-07-12T08:51:52+00:00

DAVID WITH HEAD OF GOLIATH – Caravaggio 1606

Sent with the request for supplication to Pope Paul V, David with the head of Goliath, painted by Caravaggio in 1609, hides, perhaps, a double portrait of the artist.

Caravaggio, David with the head of Goliath, 1609, oil on canvas, 125 x 101 cm. Rome, Galleria Borghese

DESCRIPTION. PERHAPS A DOUBLE PORTRAIT HIDDEN IN THE CARAVAGGIO PAINTING
The young pastor David is represented by Caravaggio taking as a model a boy of the people. The young man is a teenager covered by a […]

Madonna dei Palafrenieri

2019-07-12T09:33:30+00:00

MADONNA DEI PALAFRENIERI – Caravaggio 1606

Commissioned by the confraternity of the Palafrenieri, this painting was originally intended for Saint Ann’s chapel in St. Peter’s. The prestigious confraternity was established in Rome in 1378 by the pontifical Palafrenieri, responsible for the Vatican stables and still active today. The protagonists of the painting are the Virgin, the Child Jesus and Saint Anne: the Virgin leans forward, holding the child with both hands and showing him how to crush a snake with his foot, a symbol of sin and heresy. […]

St John the Baptist

2019-07-12T09:40:28+00:00

SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST – Caravaggio 1610

The San Giovanni Battista is a subject that we often find in Caravaggio. Among the most famous versions I remind you that of the Capitoline Museums, that of the Nelson Gallery in Kansas City and that of the Corsini Gallery in Rome. The Saint is the one who baptized Jesus of Nazareth and his life was completely dedicated to preaching. Here San Giovanni Battista is younger than the other paintings made by Caravaggio and could seem like any shepherd who has […]

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