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The Memorial Art Gallery OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER GALLERY NOTES "THE TWO MUSICIANS" by Bernardo Strozzi (1581-1644) The Marion Stratton Gould Fund • ROCHESTER 3, NEW YORK Vol. 19, No. 4 - March, 1954 The acquisition of an impressive 17th Century painting - "The Two Musicians" by Bernardo Strozzi (1581- 1644) - is announced this month. Acquired through the Marion Stratton Gould Fund, it adds another significant personality of Baroque Art to the permanent collection and is a fitting companion to the Gallery's international trio of 17th Century masters - El Greco, Rubens and Feti. Marked by the rich impasto, vigorous brush- work and glowing tones that characterized North Italian seicento painting, this newest Gallery accession also reveals clearly the mature particular style of this increasingly important artist with his Caravaggesque interest in light and shade and his fondness for Rubens' robust flesh tones. The restless energy, verve and movement of the Baroque era all find expression here - in the strong diagonal accents and triangular patterns of the foreground musical instruments, in the twisting thrust of the elder musician and in the animated gestures of two magnificently drawn pairs of hands. Baroque color, too - strong browns and cool greys spiked with rich yellows, blues and reds - and a dramatic Baroque interplay of light against dark are other tell-tale 17th Century features. Through Strozzi's spirited vitality the dry mannerism that marked Venetian painting after the deaths of Titian and Tintoretto was soon discarded. Through him, too, the gap between the great 16th Century masters and the lively painting of the 18th Century was happily and even brilliantly bridged. One of four versions of what was evidently a favorite theme of Strozzi's, the Gallery's "Musicians" has been considered by some Baroque experts as the first and finest of the series. The painting was formerly in the collection of the Conte Giacomo Carrara of Bergamo and for years hung in the Museum Carrara which the Conte had given the city. The Conte's collection was catalogued in 1796 and the Strozzi is listed there. Early in the 19th Century part of the Carrara paintings were sold and the Gallery's "Musicians" was purchased by a Genoese private collector, later entering the collection of Pietro Acorsi of Torino, from whom it was acquired last year. The three other versions of the subject are in the Carrer collection in Venice, the Cicogna collection in Milan, and the private collection of the Duke of Devonshire, where for years it was listed as a Caravaggio and then later given to Strozzi. Strozzi was born in Genoa in 1581 and at the age of fifteen began formal painting lessons. In a burst of emotion during his seventeenth year, he joined the Capucin order, but in 1610 withdrew to become a secular priest to devote his time to painting. Success as a muralist, as a religious painter and above all as a portraitist soon won him an established place among the artists and art patrons of Venice, where he lived and worked from 1631 until his death in 1644. Influences from Caravaggio and Rubens are found throughout his painting and may well date from his early Genoa days, since both masters paid fleeting visits there in 1605 and 1607. With Domenico Feti he rekindled the creative spirit of Venetian painting following the lethargy of the post-Titian era. Today paintings by him, Caravaggio and others of the 17th Century are becoming increasingly important and coveted acquisitions.
|Title||Gallery Notes Volume 19 Number 4|
|Creator||Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester|
|NY Heritage Topic||
Arts & Entertainment
|Publisher of Original||Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester. Archives.|
|Date of Original||1954-03|
Magazines & Journals (periodicals)
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