Benedetto Marini,
Return from the flight to Egypt with Saints Catherine of Alexandria and Francis

Benedetto Marini,
Return from the flight to Egypt with Saints Catherine of Alexandria and Francis

Benedetto Marini, Return from the flight to Egypt with Saints Catherine of Alexandria and Francis
Oil on canvas, 240 x 170 cm + frame 2 cm, Inv. n. 156

Signed at the bottom in the centre: “Benedictus Marinus Urbinas Ping. 1617“, this work represents the Gospel episode of the Holy Family’s return after the flight to Egypt; they are holding hands in a naturalistic setting, framed by a curtain supported on the sides by winged putti, To the sides the two saints: Catherine of Alexandria and Francis of Assisi. «It’s a small theatre – wrote Anna Colombi Ferretti – where St. Catherine and St. Francis contemplate – and mediate for the viewer  – a scene that appears behind the opened curtain, where the serene tone of the quotidian gives the idea of a simple outing. The fictional artifices, which still evoke an aristocratic and intellectual Manneristic ancestry, are moulded to lend a popular appeal», concluded Anna Colombi Ferretti.

Even in this work, Benedetto Marini demonstrates his ability to create a balanced composition, with a figurative capacity that, although it originated in Mannerism, in any case was aware of the culture of the Counter-Reformation, with its penchant to describe everyday life in a popular idiom and, in some way, made evident in the case in question by the pretence of the theatre, with reference to the Baroque.

 

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Benedetto Marini,
Return from the flight to Egypt with Saints Catherine of Alexandria and Francis
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