Paintings

Paintings

The Baroque is a term used loosely to describe the arts in Italy in the seventeenth century. In painting, it is characterised by dramatic subjects, compositions and lighting, intended to provoke an emotional response.

The reinvigoration of art in Rome was due primarily to two influential artists, Annibale Carracci and Caravaggio. Both based their practice on study from life. Annibale admired the artists of the Renaissance, particularly Raphael, Correggio and Titian, while Caravaggio broke from the past with his starkly lit realism.

Most of the Baroque paintings in this exhibition were acquired by Charles I (reigned 1625-49), some by artists he persuaded to work in England, such as Orazio Gentileschi and his daughter, Artemisia, who may have presented her Self-portrait to the King.

 

 

An allegory of Truth and Time ,c.1584-5
Head of a man in profile, c.1588-95
The Madonna and sleeping Child with the Infant St John the Baptist (‘Il Silenzio’), 1599-1600
A boy peeling fruit, c.1592-3
The Calling of Sts Peter and Andrew, c.1602-4
Judith with the head of Holofernes, 1613
Cupid sleeping, c.1618
Madonna di Pistoia, 1621-3
Cleopatra with the asp, c.1628
David with the head of Goliath, c.1620
Portrait of Vincenzo Avogadro, 1620
The Sacrifice of Elijah before the Priests of Baal, c.1621-2
The Concert, c.1635
A Sibyl, c.1635-8
Joseph and Potiphar’s wife, c.1630-32
Self-portrait as the allegory of Painting (La Pittura), 1638-9
Jacob peeling the rods, c.1650
The Libyan Sibyl, 1651
Salome with the head of St John the Baptist, c.1665-70
Psyche honoured by the people, c.1695-7
Psyche’s parents offering sacrifice to Apollo, c.1695-7
Psyche is exposed on a rock, c.1695-7
Psyche transported and discovering Cupid’s palace, c.1695-7
Psyche served by invisible spirits, c.1695-7
Cupid visiting the sleeping Psyche, c.1695-7
Psyche’s sisters giving her a lamp and dagger, c.1695-7
Psyche discovering the sleeping Cupid, c.1695-7
Cupid abandoning Psyche, c.1695-7
Venus learns of Cupid’s plight, c.1695-7
Venus chides Cupid, c.1695-7
Venus punishing Psyche with a task (?), c.1695-7