Giovanni Bellini (about 1430 – 1516)

Saint Jerome in the Wilderness Venice, about 1460 Tempera on wood 44 x 22.9 cm Saint Jerome (died 419) was a scholar who translated the Bible into Latin.  He also retired to the wilderness and lived the secluded of a hermit.  According to legend, he removed a thorn from the paw of a lion who … Read more

Hippolyte Bellange (1800-1866)

The Entry of Bonaparte into Milan Paris, about 1822/4 Oil on canvas 44.4 x 60.3 cm Napoleon Bonaparte’s triumphal entry into Milan in May 1796 occurred during a military campaign which saw the rapid conquest of much of the Italian peninsular.  Bellangé was commissioned to provide an illustration of the event for a biography following … Read more

Domenico Beccafumi (1484 – 1551)

Reclining Nymph (Venus and Cupid) Siena, about 1519 Oil on wood 71.7 x 13.8 cm This panel formed part of the decoration of the bedchamber of Francesco Petrucci of Siena and his wife Caterina Piccolomini.  It was used as the headboard of the bed.  The figure appears to be a water nymph, but she has … Read more

Jacopo da Ponte, called Bassano (about 1510 – 1592)

The Adoration of the Magi Bassano, near Venice, the end of the 1560s Oil on canvas 94.3 x 130 cm The three kings, or Magi, approach the infant Christ with their gifts.  Despite their worldly wealth, they bow to Christ who is acclaimed as the King of Kings.  The setting in a ruined classical building … Read more

Edouard Manet (1832 – 1883)

A Portrait of Carolus-Duran Montgeron, near Paris, 1876 Oil on canvas 191.8 x 172.7 cm Manet painted this study of the portraitist Emile-Auguste Carolus-Duran (1838 – 1917) when staying at a patron’s country estate near Paris.  The two artists were old friends and they agreed to paint each other.  Carolus-Duran is shown in riding boots … Read more

GIUSEPPE CESARI (1568 – 1640)

Saint Lawrence Among the Poor and Sick Rome, about 1588 Oil on canvas 61.5 x 73.5 cm The painting represents four episodes from the life of Saint Lawrence (died 258) painted by Guiseppe Cesari, known the Cavaliere d’Arpino. To the right, he heals a kneeling widow.  In the centre a blind man is cured and … Read more

Attributed to Giovanni Baronzio (worked from 1326 – about 1362)

The Angel of the Annunciation (top) The Nativity and the Annunciation to the Shepherds (centre) The Adoration of the Magi (bottom) Rimini, second quarter of the 14th century Tempera on wood 44.3 x 20.3 cm (including frame) This devotional panel, burnt by the heat of altar candles, formed the left wing of a pair. The … Read more

BERNARDO CAVALLINO (1616 – 1656)

Saint Catherine of Alexandria Naples, the end of the 1640s Oil on canvas 71.7 x 59 cm Saint Catherine holds the martyr’s palm on top of part of her spiked wheel.  She was sentenced to be crushed on the wheel by the Emperor Maxentius because she had condemned the worship of pagan idols.  According to … Read more

GIOVANNI BENEDETTO CASTIGLIONE (1609 – 1664)

Rebecca Led by the Servant of Abraham Rome, about 1650 Oil on canvas 150 x 194.5 cm Rebecca is shown  on horseback, making the journey to meet her future husband Isaac. She turns to address Abraham’s servant, who, according to the Old Testament, was guided by God to find Isaac a wife. The composition involves … Read more

ROSALBA CARRIERA (1675-1757)

A Portrait of Gustavus Hamilton, 2nd Viscount Boyne (1710 – 1746) Venice, about 1730 – 1 Pastel, heightened with white bodycolour on paper 597 x 476 mm This striking portrait of Lord Boyne shows him in Venetian carnival dress, wearing a fine ermine trimmed coat, a bauta or lace veil, black tricorn hat and a … Read more

Attributed to Christoph Amberger (about 1505-1561/2)

A Portrait of a Man Augsburg, Germany, about 1530/40 Oil on wood 59.8 x 50.2 cm The identity of this elderly man has been lost, though the ring on his right hand suggests that he may have been a humanist scholar.  It probably originally formed a pair, with an image of his wife to the … Read more

VALERIO CASTELLO (1624 – 1659)

The Madonna and Child, with Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Appearing to Saint Bruno in a Vision Genoa, about 1650 Oil on canvas 118 x 145.5 cm Saint Bruno (about 1030 – 1101) is shown in the white habit of the Carthusian monks whose order he founded. In his vision he sees the Virgin and … Read more