Getty Acquires Bassano

October 20 2021

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Picture: Getty Museum

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The J. Paul Getty Museum have acquired Jacopo Bassano's The Miracle of the Quails (pictured). This large-scale work dated to 1554 has rarely ever been on display to the public. 

According to the article linked above:

“This painting perfectly embodies the genre to which Bassano owed his fame during his lifetime: the depiction of biblical themes with a pastoral character, where realistic details from everyday life are incorporated into compositions of great formal sophistication. Black shadows prevail and deeply resonant colors gleam from thick layers of pigment. Precisely drawn surface details have blurred into roughly applied swaths of loose brushstrokes. This almost abrupt but highly calculated simplicity lends the picture a mysterious and poetic aura,” says Davide Gasparotto, senior curator of paintings at the Getty Museum.

The work will be on display for the public in early November 2021.

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