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Title

The release of St Peter

circa 1635

Artist

Bernardo Strozzi

Italy

1581 - 02 Sep 1644

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  • Details

    Other Title
    The release of Saint Peter
    Date
    circa 1635
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    125.5 x 114.0 cm stretcher; 149.5 x 138.8 x 7.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1965
    Location
    15th–19th c European art
    Accession number
    OO1.1966
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Bernardo Strozzi

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  • About

    Bernardo Strozzi's experience as a Capuchin monk only partly explains the certainties presented for contemplation in this master-ful canvas. Far more telling are the formal conventions of baroque painting that underscore its every detail, from its diagonal dynamic to its brazen colouring. This work can almost be read as a dictionary of Counter-Reformation precepts. 'The release of St Peter' responds to the Catholic doctrines that reinvigorated European art at the beginning of the seventeenth century. These centred on a call to arms to artists for greater realism and a more directly rendered spirituality. The angel delivering Peter from his bonds is depicted with the naturalism of an artisan going about a chore, while the saint himself is shown in glassy-eyed ecstasy - a favourite condition of baroque painting. Strozzi divides his pigment into areas of flashy impasto and delicate glazing. Flesh, fabrics, feathers and furry tufts of hair are indicated in brilliant passages of 'alla prima' painting.

    AGNSW Handbook, 1999.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 23 publications

  • Provenance

    Palazzo Labia, Venice/Italy, possibly the 'Release of St Peter' which was in the Palazzo Labia

    Van Diemen, circa 1921-circa 1955, Berlin/Germany, [dealer] in Van Diemen's collection by 1921-1955

    Galerie Sanct Lucas, Vienna, pre 1965, Vienna/Austria, dates unknown, after Van Diemen

    Private Collection, pre 1965, Switzerland, dates unknown, before Burchard

    Dr O.A. Burchard, pre 1965, England, Purchased by K.J. Hewett Ltd, executor of Dr Burchard's estate, 1965.

    K.J. Hewett Ltd. London, pre Oct 1965, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from K.J. Hewett Ltd. 1965