Giovanni Battista Armenini, Assumption of the Madonna

Giovanni Battista Armenini,
Assumption of the Madonna

 Giovanni Battista Armenini, Assumption of the Madonna
1530-1609, wood, 340×220 cm, Inv. n. 155

The career of Armenini the painter is not marked by many works. He became famous thanks to this treatise “On the True Precepts of the Art of Painting”, published in Ravenna in 1587. In this treatise her makes reference to his training in the circles of Perin del Vaga in Rome, narrating having produced an Assumption of the Virgin in the workshop of Bernadino Campi in Milan. It is impossible, as Anna Colombi Ferretti also concludes, that this can be identified with the Assumption in Faenza, which came from the Church of Santa Maria ad Nives in Faenza where, in 1777 it was documented as hanging in the choir. According to Ferretti, the work was created during the years when Armenini returned to Faenza because, even if there are references to Perin del Vaga’s painting, the tone of the painting and the figure kneeling to the right demonstrate ties with Jacopone Bertucci. In the opinion of Anna Colombi Ferretti, the painting also references another artist from Faenza, Giulio Tonducci, for «a certain flair for large figures with evident outlines, in an effort to attain a generalised monumentality accompanied, and almost juxtaposed, by somewhat commonplace chromatisms».

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