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  • Presentation of the Virgin into the Temple

    Artist:
    Testa, Pietro. 1611-1650
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    322,5x226 cm

Testa, Pietro. 1611-1650

Presentation of the Virgin into the Temple

Italy, Early 1640s

The painter and etcher Pietro Testa, who worked in Rome, created this work for the Church of Santa Croce dei Lucchesi, i.e. the church of the community of natives of Lucca, where he himself was born. The scene of the young Mary's presentation in the temple, where her parents sent her to be brought up (Jacopo da Voragine: The Golden Legend, CXXIX, 1), was a favourite theme with Italian artists from the 15th century. Testa makes the event majestic and full of excited mystery. Reflected light flits across the figures and creates a sense of disturbance.

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Presentation of the Virgin into the Temple

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oil

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322,5x226 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1771; acquired from the collection of Triebel in Berlin; the collection of Catherine the Great

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ГЭ-48

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