Pacecco de Rosa Susanna and the Elders
Oil painting on canvas, depicting Susanna and the Elders, Pacecco De Rosa
(Naples, 1607 – Naples, 1656).
This intriguing painting is referred to Pacecco De Rosa, by Achille della Ragione, after a direct vision of the work, the attribution to the Neapolitan painter was later confirmed by Vincenzo Pacelli, following the publication of the book “Giovan Francesco De Rosa known as Pacecco De Rosa 1607 – 1656”.
The work was also published in 2011 by Achille Della Ragione on the cover of the essay “La pittura del Seicento Napoletano”.
The writer and Napolitanista, in the writing states
“I got to admire, in phase of restoration, an intriguing Susanna and the Vecchioni (fig. 2) attributed to Michele Ragolia, hypothesis to set aside in favor of an autograph of Pacecco De Rosa, inspired by the canvases of similar subject of Stanzione of the Stadtisches Kunstinstitut of Frankfurt, but especially of Van Dyck, once in Naples and now at the Alte Pinakothek of Munich, which has on the right the identical fountain with putto, literally taken from the canvas in question.
The itchy sensuality of the composition is diluted in a clear and balanced narrative, rendered with a palette in which the cold tones prevail. The innocent nakedness of the maiden is all resolved in the enameled light of the body and in the softness of the garment that partially covers it, leaving the splendid breast to the visual lust of the two old men, with theatrical gestures and stubborn yet senseless greed.
The painting belongs to the mid-forties, in the full maturity of the artist, when he becomes increasingly convinced of his adherence to classicism of Roman-Bolognese matrix, through the lesson of Stanzione and the examples of Artemisia.
152 x 202 cm unframed
Rome, Parenza Collection
“La pittura del Seicento Napoletano”, Achille Della Ragione, Edizioni Napoli Arte, on the cover.