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Title The Visitation
Collection Luton Museums Service
Artist After Albertinelli, Mariotto (Italian painter, 1474-1515)
Date Earliest about 1780
Date Latest about 1840
Description This painting was made after an original by Albertinelli (1503, Uffizi, Florence), and reflects the earlier precedent in the work of Perugino. The Visitation of the Virgin Mary to her cousin Saint Elizabeth is set within arches that both frame the figures and lead the eye into the background. The form of the figures is conveyed through the fall of their draperies. This copy is evidence of the growing popularity of Italian Renaissance painting in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which resulted in the production of such imitations, often for Grand Tourists.
Current Accession Number 125/6
Subject religion (The Visitation, Virgin, St Elizabeth); figure
Measurements 142.2 x 88.9 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Unknown.
Notes The original by Albertinelli is executed in the new style that emerged at the beginning of the sixteenth century in Florence. Although it is still present, there is now less use of sfumato in the modelling of the figures, with more attention being given to the drapery of the tunics that they wear. For a discussion of The Visitation by Albertinelli, see: Borgo, L., The Works of Mariotto Albertinelli, New York, 1976, cat. no. 1, pp. 23-28.
Rights Owner Luton Museums Service
Author Bryony Bartlett-Rawlings



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