Bernardo Cavallino - inv. 3267

Titolo: 
Saint in Ecstasy
Numero di Inventario: 
3267
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
Religious
Parole chiave soggetto: 
saint
ecstasy
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Bernardo Cavallino (1616-1656)
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Napoli
Campania
Italy
Naples
Periodo: 
1600
Datazione specifica: 
1640 c.
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Libri correlati: 
Materia e Tecnica: 
oil on canvas
Data di Ingresso: 
1960
Acquisizione: 
A. Mayer
Tipo di acquisizione: 
donation
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Trivulzio Room

A young woman is shown seated with her head thrown backwards, her hair loose and her eyes closed. Extremely pale, the figure emerges from a dark background, which emphasises her dramatic pose. The saint has been painted in ecstasy, in the moment in which she has reached the state of union with the divine, and holds a palm between her fingers, an attribute of martyrs and a symbol of their triumph over death.
Together with the palm and her luxurious clothes, a knife can also be seen near her neck; they are elements that refer to more than one saint, for example, Lucy, Agatha, Cecilia.
The painting is by Bernardo Cavallino, one of the more interesting Neapolitan painters of the seventeenth century. His elegant, melancholic and very personal style stands apart from the more vigorously realistic one of his colleagues, more influenced by a Caravaggesque naturalism. However, Caravaggio’s influence is certainly evident as much in the study of light as in the pose of the saint, which takes up the Virgin in Ecstasy painted in 1606, of which there are many copies.

M.S.