Giuseppe Maria Crespi

Death of St Joseph

Death of St Joseph
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Author: Giuseppe Maria Crespi
Painting, Oil on canvas, 234.5x187 cm
Origin: Italy, Circa 1712

Crespi produced this work for the Cardinal Legate of Bologna, Pietro Ottoboni. The subject was popular in the 17th and 18th centuries, as Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary, was increasingly venerated. There was no precedent for works on this theme, and thus the artist was not tied by any traditional schemes. In the semi-gloom of a poor house the aged Joseph is fading fast. Mary weeps and the young Christ, blessing the dying man, presses his cold hand. Joseph's carpenter's tools, of no use to anyone now, lie scattered on the floor. The colour scheme is made up of dark brown tones, but the darkness is translucent and suffused with a troubled, flickering light, which makes tangible the spiritual unity of the heroes. Thus the tragic scene of the loss of a loved one gains the resonance of a sublime mystery.

Personage: St Joseph
Style: Baroque
Source of entry: Collection of Count von Bruhl, Dresden, 1769
School: Bologna
Theme: The Bible and Christianity

See also

Giuseppe Maria Crespi Online
Giuseppe Maria Crespi [Italian Baroque Era Painter, 1665-1747] Guide to pictures of works by Giuseppe Maria Crespi in art museum sites and image archives ...
Giuseppe Maria Crespi (Getty Museum)
A biography of the artist Giuseppe Maria Crespi from the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection.
Giuseppe Maria Crespi -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia
Britannica online encyclopedia article on Giuseppe Maria Crespi:“The Confessional,” oil painting by Giuseppe Maria Crespi; in the Galleria Sabauda, …
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CRESPI, Giuseppe Maria. Italian painter, Bolognese school (b. 1665, Bologna, d. 1747, Bologna). Preview, Picture Data, File Info, Comment. Bookshelves ...

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