Giovanni de Vecchi - inv. 4707

Titolo: 
Pietà
Numero di Inventario: 
4707
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
Religious
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Roma
Rome
Lazio
Italy
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Giovanni de Vecchi (1536-1615)
Periodo: 
1575
Datazione specifica: 
1585-1590
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Materia e Tecnica: 
oil on wood
Data di Ingresso: 
1999
Acquisizione: 
Federico Zeri
Tipo di acquisizione: 
donation
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Palma Room

The small size of this painting, dated by scholars to 1585–1590, indicates that it was conceived for private worship and meditation.

The half-length Virgin, with youthful facial features, embraces and supports the dead Christ. The close-up viewpoint concentrates on their faces close together. Behind them, two angels carrying two long candles, of which only the flickering flame can be discerned, who are taking part in the tragic moment.

The whole scene is set in half-light except for a narrow view through trees of a hazy valley, present in other early works by the artist. Lacking any form of life and imbued with cold light, deriving from Flemish painting, the slice of landscape gives the scene a desolate and silent air.

Giovanni de’ Vecchi was one of the more remarkable artists of late Roman Mannerism. A pupil of Raffaellino del Colle, he did a lot of work on church and palace decoration, but unfortunately a large part of his production has been lost; what survives shows his full adherence to themes imposed by the Tridentine religious reforms (1545–1563), interpreted in images of vibrant chiaroscuro.

G.B.