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Act of Mercy: Giving Drink to the Thirsty

Act of Mercy: Giving Drink to the Thirsty

Artist: Bernardo Strozzi (Italian, 1581-1644, active in Genoa and Venice)

Date: 1620s
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Framed: 61 1/4 x 83 5/8 x 5 in. (155.6 x 212.4 x 12.7 cm)
Image: 52 1/4 x 74 5/8 in. (132.7 x 189.5 cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase, 1950
Object number: SN634
On View: Art Museum Gallery 08
About this ObjectBernardo Strozzi was primarily a painter of religious works, as he had spent twelve years of his life in a Capuchin monastery. Trained in the northern city of Genoa, he absorbed Italian as well as northern European techniques and traditions. His vibrant colors and heavy brushstrokes, typical of Genovese compositions, are particularly visible in the drapery of the female figure. This work depicts one of the seven acts of mercy described in the Gospel of Matthew, which also include feeding the hungry and burying the dead.
Provenance
Bruno Kern; (Galerie Sanct Lucas, Vienna, 1937); by 1938, Oscar Bondy (1870–1944), Vienna and New York; seized in 1938 by Nazi forces; in 1948, restituted to Mrs. Oscar (Elisabeth) Bondy, New York; (sold Bondy sale, Kende Galleries at Gimbel Brothers, New York, 3 March 1949, lot 98, for $2,250). (Julius Weitzner, New York, 1950); sold to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida, 1985.
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