Flemish painter of the early 17th century ('AH' monogram of the author at the bottom right)
Circle of Gerrit van Honthorst (Utrecht 1590-1656)
The Holy Family with the adoration of the shepherds
Oil on canvas 84 x 121 cm.
In frame 96 x 133 cm.
Details of the artwork: https://www.antichitacastelbarco.it/it/prodotto/monogrammista-fiammingo-dei-primi-del-xvii-secolo
Scenes set in the dark, by candlelight or illuminated by a single source of light, are an extremely popular genre in seventeenth-century Flemish painting; many were therefore the artists who tried their hand at such compositions, particularly influenced by the work of Caravaggio, capable of obtaining highly suggestive lighting effects.
As the proposed work illustrates, the contrast between light and darkness does not create dissonance, but on the contrary the two elements are complementary: the background no longer exists and the artist, through the control of light and darkness, shapes a highly emotional atmosphere.
In our painting, the figures receive the light from the baby Jesus himself, lying on white sheets, with the faces of the figures around them illuminated from below: with this expedient, their plasticity stands out with vigor from the deep darkness.
Mary holds with both hands the corners of the sheet on which the Child is lying, while she looks at him lovingly, with Saint Joseph behind her. On the left, three shepherds are gathered around Jesus to adore him and offer him their gifts: an old woman, with a marked face, holds an egg in her fingers, one of the symbols most closely linked to the concept of life and birth.
The painter is a Flemish monogramist (his initials AH, superimposed, are painted below), not yet identified, but who certainly belonged to the group of Nordic Caravaggists, active especially in Utecht, in the wake of Gerrit van Honthorst (Utrecht 1590-1656 ), one of the supporters of this movement.
As was customary among the Flemish painters of his generation, around 1610, they decided to undertake a training trip to Rome, in contact with the art of Caravaggio, from which they were directly influenced. The Caravaggesque style continued to characterize their work even after their return to Flanders, with a painting characterized by the use of dramatic lighting and strong chiaroscuro.
The conservation conditions of the work are excellent.
The painting, like all our objects, is sold with a certificate of photographic authenticity in accordance with the law (FIMA - CINOA)
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Peintre Flamand (Monogramiste AH) Début XVIIe Siècle, Sainte Famille
Dimensions : 96 x 133 cm
Nombre d'exemplaires : 1
Délai d'expédition : 1 semaine
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Peintre Flamand (Monogramiste AH) Début XVIIe Siècle, Sainte Famille en vente par Antichità Castelbarco