The Risen Christ Appearing to the Virgin

The Risen Christ Appearing to the Virgin

c. 1708

Francesco Solimena

(Italian, 1657-1747)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 250.2 x 197.5 x 12.7 cm (98 1/2 x 77 3/4 x 5 in.); Unframed: 222.5 x 169.5 cm (87 5/8 x 66 3/4 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1971.63

Description

The dramatic contrasts of light and dark reveal the long aftereffects of Caravaggio in Naples. Yet, the elegant forms, rich colors, and perfected body of Christ have far more affinities with the idealizing strand of Italian art in the 1600s and 1700s. Solimena sought to improve on nature, based on the study of antiquity, aiming to create a work of grandeur and nobility meant to inspire reverence and devotion appropriate to the holy subject.

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