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A Personification of Fame by Bernardo Strozzi

Cross stitch chart or kit from the Scarlet Quince Pre-1700 Fine Art Collection.

Bernardo Strozzi (c. 1581 – August 2, 1644) was a prominent and prolific Italian Baroque painter born and active mainly in Genoa, and also active in Venice.

Strozzi was the leading Genoese painter of the early 17th century. He developed a distinctive bold style in handling and in colour, and painted both religious and secular works. He is best remembered for small-scale compositions, which he often repeated, but he was also an accomplished painter of full-scale narratives and portraits.

Strozzi trained in Genoa. Knowledge of the work of Rubens (in Genoa 1604-7), Van Dyck, (in Genoa 1621), Barocci, and the followers of Caravaggio, especially Orazio Gentileschi (in Genoa 1621), was formative in his development. In about 1597 Strozzi became a Capuchin friar, a strict form of the Franciscan Order. He left the order in about 1610. The last years of his life, after 1631, were spent in Venice; in his work of this period the influence of Veronese becomes notable, while his own vigorous style influenced later Venetian art.

The painting here, is a relatively late work, probably from the early years of Strozzi's Venetian period, about 1635-6. It is a far from idealised study of a girl in a darkened setting, equipped with the wings that Fame traditionally possesses. The light falls brightly from the left, highlighting the inquiring face of the sitter and details of her costume, which shows to advantage the distinctive handling of the painter.

In representations of Fame the figure usually holds a single trumpet, or two of different lengths, symbolising good and ill fame. The significance of the two instruments represented in Strozzi's painting, a golden trumpet and a wooden shawm, is unclear.

The original is at the National Gallery, London.

Approx: 19" x 14" or 49 x 34cm - when worked on 18ct.

You can also choose to have this design in kit form - list of DMC threads used.

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