Offered here is a large scale oil painting by the Italian artist Pietro Bardellino (1728-1806). Shown is a scene from the apocryphal Gospel of James, known as the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in which Mary at the age of three years was taken by her parents Joachim and Anna to the temple of Jerusalem, where she should be raised and educated by the virgins.
The painting is in age-appropriate good restored condition. The canvas is relined. The varnish is slightly soiled. Selective color chipping at the bottom center, and occasional retouching visible under UV light, otherwise of good impression.
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Pietro Bardellino (1728-1806)
Pietro Bardellino was born in Naples in 1728. He was a student of Francesco de Mura (1696-1782), whose influence becomes obvious in his early paintings. However, Bardellino soon developed a more independent style, which is characterized by the use of nuanced colors, inspired by the painter Francesco Solimena. Bardellino considered the tendencies of Neoclassicism rather critical. From 1779 he taught at the Accademia di Disegno e di Pittura. His oeuvre testifies to a high scenic quality and ingenuity.