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Christ tormented
 
17th Century
Domenico FETTI
Christ tormented
[Cristo deriso]
Unknown
Oil on canvas
94 x 68 cm  [HxW]
Private Collection
 

Domenico Fetti studied in Rome between the first and second decade of the 17th century under Ludovico Cigoli, who upheld the “reformed” Tuscan current, paying particular attention to the great Venetian painting of the Cinquecento. This apprenticeship was to influence Domenico throughout his brief life, so much so that his style was forever attracted more than anything by the world of Venice, even though he was influenced to some extent by Saraceni, a Venetian who had spent most of his life in Rome, and who was particularly admired for his tonal colour, and by Borgianni, the first Roman painter to attempt to blend the language of Caravaggio with a Venetian emphasis on colour, as well as by the Baroque-like talent of Rubens. His interest in the art of Venice was confirmed even more in the ten years he spent in Mantua, as from 1713. It was here that Fetti was able to admire and study first-hand large numbers of works by Cinquecento Venetian masters (from Titian to Tintoretto, Bassano and Paolo Veronese) in the collections of the Gonzaga family. By examining the paintings of these masters, Fetti created his own style, “ di tocco ”, with a truly fresh form of expression, playing on the effects of light, on clear colours and on the gradual dissolution of form, as can be seen in the famous Evangelical Parables , painted in large quantities when he was in Mantua and during his brief stay in Venice from 1722 to April 1723, when the painter’s brief life came to an end.

Filippo Pedrocco

 
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