BONFIGLI, Benedetto
(b. ca. 1420, Perugia, d. 1496, Perugia)


c. 1455
Tempera and gold on panel, 51 x 37 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

This panel demonstrates the best of Bonfigli's qualities and his strong propensity for evocative settings. The distant vista in the painting is framed by barren hillside, and there is a lake dotted with sailing vessels. The upper half of the composition establishes a contrast with the coloured marbles and sculpted reliefs of the richly furnished enclosure in the foreground.