|Collection||Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford|
|Artist||School of Pitati, Bonifazio de` (Italian painter, 1487-1553)|
|Date Earliest||about 1510|
|Date Latest||about 1530|
|Description||The painting is one of a series of eight depicting the signs of the zodiac. The figure of Aquarius faces the viewer while gesturing with his left hand and turning back to his zodiacal sign of a figure with a jug. The poetic quality of the landscape reflects the influence of Venetian artists including Giorgione and Titian. The classicising costume and the plinth create a feeling of the ancient Roman and Greek civilisation that inspired Renaissance culture. Astrology was a key part of sixteenth-century culture and it was believed that the planets influenced the course of life.|
|Current Accession Number||P661|
|Former Accession Number||P.E.268|
|Subject||figure; landscape; allegory (Aquarius)|
|Measurements||21 x 12 cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on canvas (laid on board)|
|Acquisition Details||Bequeathed by the seventh Duke of Wellington through the National Art-Collections Fund 1975.|
|Publications||Wright, C., Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Old Master Paintings Executed before c.1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom, London, 1976, pp. 102, 232.|
|Notes||p>Related works, inv. nos.: P 656; P 657; P 658; P 659; P 660; P 662; P 663.
This series, with each sign of the zodiac personified and set in the foreground against a landscape, is similar in both composition and style to The Labours of the Months (style of Bonifazio de' Pitati, National Gallery, London).
|Rights Owner||Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford|