Italian Collection

The Madonna and Child
The Madonna and Child

The Madonna and Child

Parmigianino (Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola)
Italian (1503–1540)
16th century
c. 1527–30
Oil on panel
17 5/8 x 13 3/8 in. (44.8 x 34 cm) Framed: 24 1/16 x 20 x 2 1/2 in. (61.1 x 50.8 x 6.4 cm)
AP 1995.09
Hailed as the new Raphael, Parmigianino was one of the most influential artists of the sixteenth century, cultivating a mannered gracefulness of pose and physiognomy, combined with new and dramatic coloristic effects, that transformed the classicism of his Renaissance predecessors.
Head of a Woman
Head of a Woman

Head of a Woman

Sebastiano del Piombo (Sebastiano Luciani)
Italian (c. 1485–1547)
16th century
early 1530s
Oil on panel
10 in. diameter (25.4 cm diameter) Framed: 17 x 2 in. (43.2 x 5.1 cm)
AP 1985.08
Notable for the monumental grandeur of his religious paintings and portraits, Sebastiano del Piombo became the preeminent painter in Rome following Raphael’s death in 1520.
The Madonna and Child with a Female Saint and the Infant Saint John the Baptist
The Madonna and Child with a Female Saint and the Infant Saint John the Baptist

The Madonna and Child with a Female Saint and the Infant Saint John the Baptist

Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Italian (c. 1488–1576)
16th century
1530s
Oil on panel
41 1/2 x 58 3/8 in. (105.4 x 148.3 cm) Framed: 54 1/2 x 71 1/8 x 3 3/4 in. (138.4 x 180.7 x 9.5 cm)
AP 1986.07
More than any other Renaissance master, Titian was acclaimed—in his own lifetime and for centuries thereafter—for his expressive handling of paint and rich use of color. Like his teachers Giovanni Bellini and Giorgione, Titian set many of his religious subjects in a pastoral landscape.
The Supper at Emmaus
The Supper at Emmaus

The Supper at Emmaus

Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo dal Ponte)
Italian (c. 1510–1592)
16th century
c. 1538
Oil on canvas
39 5/8 x 50 5/8 in. (100.6 x 128.6 cm) Framed: 47 x 59 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (119.4 x 150.5 x 8.9 cm)
APx 1989.03
Jacopo Bassano was one of the most famous and influential masters of the late Renaissance in Italy, admired for his luminous color and sensitively observed incidents from everyday life.
Portrait of a Franciscan Friar
Portrait of a Franciscan Friar

Portrait of a Franciscan Friar

Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo dal Ponte)
Italian (c. 1510–1592)
16th century
c. 1540–42
Oil on canvas
31 11/16 x 27 3/16 in. (80.5 x 69 cm) Framed: 48 3/4 x 44 3/4 x 3 5/8 in. (123.8 x 113.7 x 9.2 cm)
AP 1997.02
In this imposing portrait, Jacopo Bassano applies a vigorous and sharply focused naturalism to portray the distinctive features as well as the spiritual temperament and preoccupations of an unidentified Franciscan friar.
The Adoration of the Magi
The Adoration of the Magi

The Adoration of the Magi

Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo dal Ponte)
Italian (c. 1510–1592)
16th century
after 1555
Oil on jasper
7 1/4 x 5 1/2 in. (18.4 x 14 cm) Framed: 12 3/4 x 11 x 1 5/8 in. (32.4 x 27.9 x 4.1 cm)
AG 1990.01
The subject of the Adoration of the Magi, along with the Adoration of the Shepherds, occupies pride of place in Jacopo Bassano’s repertory.
Portrait of Doge Pietro Loredan
Portrait of Doge Pietro Loredan

Portrait of Doge Pietro Loredan

Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti)
Italian (1518–1594)
16th century
1567–70
Oil on canvas
49 5/8 x 41 15/16 in. (126 x 106.6 cm) Framed: 57 1/2 x 48 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. (146.1 x 123.8 x 11.4 cm)
AP 1986.08
A prolific master of religious and historical works, as well as portraits, Tintoretto developed a rapid, often impetuous manner of painting that was both expressive and expedient.
The Butcher's Shop
The Butcher's Shop

The Butcher's Shop

Annibale Carracci
Italian (1560–1609)
16th century
early 1580s
Oil on canvas
23 1/2 x 27 15/16 in. (59.7 x 71 cm) Framed: 30 1/4 x 34 7/8 x 2 3/8 in. (76.8 x 88.6 x 6 cm)
AP 1980.08
Around the time that he painted The Butcher’s Shop, in about 1582, Annibale Carracci joined his older cousin Ludovico and his brother Agostino to found the Carracci Academy in Bologna.
The Cardsharps
The Cardsharps

The Cardsharps

Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi)
Italian (1571–1610)
16th century
c. 1595
Oil on canvas
37 1/16 x 51 9/16 in. (94.2 x 130.9 cm)
AP 1987.06
Caravaggio was one of the pivotal figures in the history of Western art. In his short lifetime, he created a theatrical style that was as shocking to some as it was new, inspiring others to probe their subject matter for the drama of psychological relationships.
Abraham Leading Isaac to Sacrifice
Abraham Leading Isaac to Sacrifice

Abraham Leading Isaac to Sacrifice

Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri)
Italian (1581–1641)
17th century
1602
Oil on copper
12 13/16 x 17 7/16 in. (32.5 x 44.3 cm) Framed: 19 3/4 x 24 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (50.2 x 62.2 x 7 cm)
AP 1982.03
Domenichino, who is renowned for his large-scale frescoes, history paintings, and altarpieces, became Italy’s leading classical painter in the first half of the seventeenth century.
Christ and the Woman of Samaria
Christ and the Woman of Samaria

Christ and the Woman of Samaria

Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)
Italian (1591–1666)
17th century
c. 1619-20
Oil on canvas
38 1/4 x 49 1/8 in. (97.2 x 124.8 cm) Framed: 52 3/16 x 62 5/8 in. (132.5 x 159 cm)
AP 2010.01
Guercino was one of the foremost painters of the seventeenth century.
The Madonna and Child with Saint Martina
The Madonna and Child with Saint Martina

The Madonna and Child with Saint Martina

Pietro da Cortona
Italian (1596–1669)
17th century
c. 1645
Oil on canvas
27 9/16 x 22 13/16 in. (70 x 58 cm) Framed: 39 x 35 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (99.1 x 90.1 x 8.3 cm)
AP 1984.07
In this devotional painting, Saint Martina, a third-century martyr who was put to death for refusing to worship idols, gazes fervently at the Christ Child while holding the forked iron hook with which she was tortured, and accepting the palm of martyrdom.
Mucius Scaevola Confronting King Porsenna
Mucius Scaevola Confronting King Porsenna

Mucius Scaevola Confronting King Porsenna

Bernardo Cavallino
Italian (1616–c. 1656)
17th century
c. 1650
Oil on copper
24 1/8 x 35 1/8 in. (61.2 x 89.2 cm) Framed: 36 3/4 x 46 7/8 x 2 1/2 in. (93.4 x 119.1 x 6.4 cm)
AP 1981.02
One of the leading painters of Baroque Naples, Bernardo Cavallino was influenced by masters as diverse as Caravaggio and Rubens. He developed a distinctive manner marked by the dramatic play of light and action.
Modello for the Fountain of the Moor
Modello for the Fountain of the Moor

Modello for the Fountain of the Moor

Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Italian (1598–1680)
17th century
1653
Terracotta
31 11/16 in. (80.5 cm)
AP 2003.01
Bernini made this dramatic image of a triton (a minor sea-deity of Greek mythology) grappling with a fish atop a gigantic shell as a presentation model for Pope Innocent X Pamphili, who in 1651 commissioned the artist to design a new centerpiece for the fountain at the south end of the Piazza Navona
Pythagoras Emerging from the Underworld
Pythagoras Emerging from the Underworld

Pythagoras Emerging from the Underworld

Salvator Rosa
Italian (1615–1673)
17th century
1662
Oil on canvas
51 5/8 x 74 7/16 in. (131.2 x 189 cm) Framed: 65 x 88 x 4 in. (165.1 x 223.5 x 10.2 cm)
AP 1970.22
Born and educated in Naples, Rosa lived for more than eight years in Florence before settling in Rome in 1649. He was impressed by both the naturalism of Ribera and the classicism of Poussin, but, being extremely independent of spirit and confident of his own genius, he allied himself with no one.
Angel with the Superscription and Angel with the Crown of Thorns
Angel with the Superscription and Angel with the Crown of Thorns

Angel with the Superscription and Angel with the Crown of Thorns

Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Italian (1598–1680)
17th century
1668
Terracotta
a: 11 1/2 x 6 3/8 x 5 1/8 in. (29.2 x 16.2 x 13 cm) b: 11 7/8 x 6 x 6 in. (30.2 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm)
AP 1987.02 a,b
The leading sculptor of Baroque Italy, Gianlorenzo Bernini, reshaped the ancient city of Rome in a series of brilliant architectural and sculptural projects that affirmed its identity as the seat of the Roman Catholic Church.

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