Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Barbatul din Hagerstown

Stirile despre tablouri expira mai greu decat alea cu bombe. O stire care a aparut acum cateva saptamani si-i inca proaspata.
Anuntul de la Associated Press :

"Hagerstown, Maryland - X-ray technicians performing a check-up on a 16th century Italian Renaissance painting depicting the preparation of Jesus' body following crucifixion got a bonus - they discovered the image of a Renaissance man hidden underneath.

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, which owns the painting, asked a local hospital to X-ray the artwork to determine its condition. The X-rays showed a detailed image of a man dressed in late Renaissance clothing with his hands clasped at his waist.

The painting by Gerolomo Bassano, entitled The Sepulchre, depicts the preparation of Jesus Christ's body to be placed in the tomb. Joseph of Arimathea is at the head of Jesus, Nicodemus is at his feet and the Virgin Mary is in front.

Bassano lived from 1566-1621 and belonged to a well-known family of artists from the small town of Bassano and Venice.

The painting is based on a larger altarpiece painted in 1574 by Bassano's father, Jacopo Bassano, and brother, Francesco Bassano, which hangs in the Church of Santa Maria in Vanzo, Padua, Pixley said.

Museum director Joseph Ruzicka said Gerolomo Bassano's painting of The Sepulchre would have been made for a Catholic home to use as a private devotion. The painting's nocturnal setting adds dramatic effect, showing how Jesus, who was crucified on a Friday, was buried before sunset, the start of the Jewish sabbath."

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