Sunday, September 25, 2016

Raphael and Pietro Perugino adorning the National Gallery in Washington

When Estela and I went to the National Gallery in Washington, DC, this month, we went straight for the 2nd floor collection of Italian Renaissance paintings that have gradually made their way here.
The "Alba Madonna" (1510) by Raphael
 (1483-1520), a beautiful "tonda" or round
In the middle of one of the rooms, was a "tonda" by Raphael, his "Alba Madonna". But why "Alba"? Raphael painted so many "Madonnas" that we distinguish them by who had them. This specific painting was in the "Duque de Alba" family treasure for years. The Duquesa de Alba just past away last year and left her family fortune, one of the largest in Spain, to a grandchild. As for me, "Duque de Alba" was the brand of fine brandy, aged in oak kegs, that I sipped after dinner with my father-in-law every Sunday as we smoked our cigars.

"Madonna with Child"(1500), Pietro
Perugino (1450-1523)
Raphael's works are suitably well accompanied by his fellow countryman from Umbria, Pietro Perugino's Madonna with Child and "Saint Jerome in the Wilderness": painted as a tempera on a poplar panel.

"Saint Jerome in the Wilderness" (1490-1500),
Pietro Perugino (1450-1523)

"The Cowper Madonna" (1505) by Raphael
"The Niccolini-Cowper Madonna"(1508),
"The Holy Family with Angels" (1545-1550)
Dominico Beccafumi (1485-1551)
"The Crucifixion with the Virgin, Saint John,
Saint Jerome and Saint Mary Magdalene"
 (1482-1485), Pietro Perugino, (1450-1523)
Pietro Perugino's The Crucifixion with the Virgin, Saint John, Saint Jerome and Saint Mary Magdalene by Pietro Perugino is not the original panel, but rather a transfer to canvas.

"Saint George and the Dragon"
(1506), Raphael (1483-1520)

"The Annunciation", a unique pair of medallions painted against a dark background, a masterpiece by Giannicola di Paolo, also a fellow Umbrian, complements the ensemble of the salon.

"The Annunciation" (1510-1515) by Giannicola
 di Paolo (1460-1544)
"Flagellation of Christ" (1512-
1515), Bacchiacca (1494-1557) 

"The Gathering of Manna"(1540-
1555), Bacchiacca (1494-1557)

"The Nativity with the Infant Saint John" (1500)
Piero di Cosimo, Florence (1462-1522)

When Estela, my wife, came into this salon, she immediately gave me a shove: "let's take a look at the fishermen portrait!", referring to this bright and moving portrait by Jacobo Bassano.

"The Miraculous Draught of Fishes" (1545),
Jacobo Bassano (1510-1592)
I was attracted to the portrait, because the artist is from Bassano, from which the famous Grappa di Bassano comes from, the warming after-dinner drink, which has made this town in the upper Veneto region world-famous.
"The Adoration of the Shepherds"
(1535-1540) Jacobo Bassano

"The Baptism of Christ" (1535-1540)
Paris Bordone, Venetian, (1500-1570)

"The Adoration of the Shepherds" (1530's)
Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo (1480-1548)

"Doge Alvise Mocenigo and Family before
the Madonna and Child" (1573) Jacopo
Tintoretto (1518-1594)

"The Conversion of Saint Paul"  (1545)
Jacobo Tintoretto (1518-1594)

"Rebecca at the Well" (1580-1585)
Veronese (1528-1588)

"Madonna and Child with Saint
Martina and Saint Agnes" (1597)
 El Greco (1541-1614)

"Madonna and Child"
Sandro Botticelli  (1446-1510)

"The Cricifixion" (1504/1505)
Luca Signorelli (1445/1450-1523)

"Madonna and Child"(1470/1475)
Dominico Ghirlandaio
Florence (1449-1494)

"The Marriage of the Virgin" (1490/1491)
 Luca Signorelli (1445/1450-1523)

"Madonna and Child with a
Pomegranate" (1475-1480)
Lorenzo di Credi

"The Adoration of the Magi" (1478-1482)
Sandro Botticelli (1446-1510)

"Pieta (The Dead Christ Mourned by
Nicodemus and Two Angels" (1500)
Filippino Lippi (1457-1504)

"Tobias and the Angel"
Filippino Lippi (1457-1504)

"Joseph of Egypt"
 The Griselda Legend

"The Madonna and Child with
Angels and Cherubim"
Matteo di Giovanni (1434-1497)

"Madonna with Child with Saints
and Angels" (1513)
Luca Signorelli (1445/1450-1523)

"Madonna with Child, Saint
Jerome, Saint Catherine of
Alexandria, and Angels"
Matteo di Giovanni

"The Agony in the Garden" (1491)
 Benvenuto di Giovanni (1436-1517)

"Christ carries the Cross" (1491)
 Benvenuto di Giovanni (1436-1517)

"The Crucifixion" (1491)
 Benvenuto di Giovanni (1436-1517)

"Christ in Limbo" (1491)
 Benvenuto di Giovanni (1436-1517)

"The Resurrection" (1491)
 Benvenuto di Giovanni (1436-1517)

"The Praedela of  Passion and Resurrection"
 Benvenuto di Giovanni (1436-1517)

"The Nativity with God the
Father surrounded by Angels
and Cherubim" (1472)
Francesco di Giorgio Martini

"The Holy Family" (1500)
Giorgione (1477/1478-1510)

"The Adoration of the Shepherds" (1505-1510)
Giorgione (1477/1478-1510)

"Saint Jerome rading" (1505)
Giovanni Bellini (1430/35-1516)

"Madonna with Child with Saint Jerome and
Saint John Baptist" (1492-1495)
Cima da Conegliano (1459-1516/1517)

"The Virgin reading" (1505)
Vittore Carpaccio (1465-1526)

"Madonna and Child" (1505/1510)
Vittore Carpaccio (1465-1526)

"Saint Lucy and a Donor" (1580)
 Veronese (1528-1588)

"Saint Jerome" (1610/1614)
El Greco (1541-1614)

Estela passing from one room
to another in the richly
decorated National Gallery


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