STROZZI, Bernardo
(b. 1581, Genova, d. 1644, Venezia)

St Cecilia

Oil on canvas, 150 x 100 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

In this painting we note the artist's interest in colour, evident even before his move to Venice in 1630. Soft and delicately graduated pastel tones are emphasized by the light against a dark background. Strozzi also uses chiaroscuro in a way which recalls Caravaggesque tenebrism, creating strong contrasts of light and shade in the folds of the dress.

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