1516, Artist: Baccio della Porta, gen. Fra Bartolomeo
Close-up and in monumental style, the group stands on a clearly and precisely structured stage. The strong and vivid colour combinations are in part interrupted by leonardian “sfumato”, the blurring of contours. The priest Simeon recognises the Redeemer of mankind in this child. As the inscription ORATE PRO PICTORE OLIM SACELLI HUIUS NOVITIO makes clear, the painter, himself a Dominican monk, asks for prayers to be said for him in front of this altarpiece created for his monastery, San Marco in Florence.
Italian, middle Italian
Baccio della Porta, gen. Fra Bartolomeo (1473 - 1517 Florenz) - GND
155 cm × 159 cm
Framed: 190,5 cm × 195,4 cm × 10 cm
Inscribed on the lowest step: 1516 ORATE PRO PICTORE OLIM SACELLI HVIVS NOVITIO
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
1781 acquired by Grand Duke Leopoldo of Tuscany; 1792 by exchange from Florence to Vienna
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