MEMBERGER, Kaspar the Elder
(b. ca. 1555, Konstanz, d. 1618, Konstanz)

Noah's Ark Cycle: 5. Noah's Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

Oil on canvas, 128 x 166 cm
Residenzgalerie, Salzburg

The brilliant composition, minute execution and balanced use of colour evidence the artist's Dutch-Italian training. He took over individual elements of the narrative from the depiction of the flood by Jacopo Bassano, without, however, copying the work of this eminent representative of late Renaissance painting in Venice. Memberger translated these elements into his own native idiom, differing from Bassano in his depiction of richly dressed people rather than humble beings, and his use of a visual vocabulary appropriate to the lofty tone of the court.

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