Rutilio Manetti,
The Holy Family

Rutilio Manetti,
The Holy Family

Rutilio Manetti, The Holy Family
Canvas, 96×123 cm + frame 11 cm, Inv. n. 8

As Marco Ciampolini wrote in the notes on the work lent to the exhibition “Caravaggio and Europe” held in Palazzo Reale in Milan in 2005, in this painting «the reality and incidence of light is examined, a light that in the painting not only reveals the truth, but defines above all the volumes of the Madonna and Child, two statuesque figures but with an evident rustic air». The «St. Joseph is an old man bearing the signs of the merciless passing of time: and it will be this ostentation of the truth that suggested the old attribution to Ribera». This is a composition, continue Marco Ciampolini’s notes, that is «clear and balanced» with «the powerful personages shaped like statues by a precise light source, typical of Rutilio Manetti from the late 1620s». «These were the years when the master – concluded Marco Ciampolini’s notes – after the interest in the structured forms of the classicists, in particular for Guercino, and the in-depth studies on contrasted luminism and the artificial light sources of Gherardo delle Notti waned, he turned more scrupulously to the sounding of reality introduced by Caravaggio».

 

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