The Baptist before Herod

Sketches by Domenico Corvi

Tempera on paper 1756 Domenico Corvi cm. 17 x 24   The Beheading of the Baptist The scene takes place inside a large building where the figures seem to be lost beside the gigantic columns. This sketch was done by Corvi “by the light of the night” the composition is illuminated by a torch that…

S. Giacinta Marescotti di Domenico Corvi

Saint Jacinta Marescotti by Domenico Corvi

Oil painting on canvas 1783 Domenico Corvi cm. 60×43   The saint is shown standing holding the monastery rule book. Francesco Pacini kneels before her to receive the rules. On the book we read “IUXTA HANC VIVES” clearly referring to the libertine Pacini who was converted by Giacinta to become her right hand helper in…

St. John the Evangelist by Corvi

St. John the Evangelist by Domenico Corvi

Tempera on panel 1749-1750 Domenico Corvi cm. 60×43   The circular painting “tondo” of 1749/1750 shows the figure of John the Evangelist holding a book of the Gospels, an inkwell plus a pen in the right hand. An eagle, the symbol of John the Evangelist (S. Giovanni Evangelista), is visible in the lower right. All…

Battesimo di San Tranquillino opera di Marco Benefial

Baptism of Saint Tranquillino

Oil painting on canvas 1720-1730 Marco Benefial cm. 212 x 170   The work “Baptism of Saint Tranquillino” commissioned to painter Marco Benefial together with other nine canvases (6 were lost during the bombing of Viterbo) by Bishop Adriano Sermattei for the decoration of the Cathedral’s main nave. Of the ten canvases, five referred to episodes…

Madonna and Child by Bartolomeo Cavarozzi

Madonna and Child by Bartolomeo Cavarozzi

Oil painting on canvas 1625 Bartolomeo Cavarozzi cm. 128×212   The work of Viterbese painter Bartolomeo Cavarozzi, known as Bartolomeo de’Cescenzi (the Roman family who protected him) shows a Madonna with Child in the classic style without any idealization or symbolism. The Madonna with Child is set in a natural environment: the dark Caravaggio style…

Saints Stephen and Lawrence

Saints Stephen and Lawrence

Oil painting on canvas Author unknown 15th – 16th Century (?) cm. 96 x 119,5   The wooden support is three pieces tied together with the middle one slightly bent there are lesions in the pictorial surface along the points of juncture. On the surface there are small holes caused by microorganisms and the color…

Crucifixion of Viterbo

Crucifixion of Viterbo

Oil painting half of the 16th century Surrounding Michelangelo cm. 50 x 40   THE WORK The Crucifixion is traditionally attributed to Michelangelo Buonarroti for its style and backed up by the testament of Count Paolo Brunamonti who in 1725 donated it to the Jesuits of S. Ignazio in Viterbo describing it as “work of Michelagelo…

Crucifixion

Crucifixion

Fresco
Unknown author
cm 100×150

 

A fresco from San Leonardo Church. It shows a crucifixion with the Madonna, Mary Magdalene and St. John. At the base the commissioner is shown in minor proportions.

St. Mark of Balletta

St. Mark of Balletta

Tempera on panel Francesco d’Antonio Zacchi of Viterbo named “Il Balletta” Date: before 1476 cm 44 x 103   The work has a late Gothic style typical of Balletta during the last part of his life. Balletta was active from about 1430 and the work is probably a later one. St. Mark (San Marco) is…