Wednesday, 8 February 2012

'Christ and The Woman of Samaria' by Guercino

'Christ and The Woman of Samaria' (c.1620) by Guercino;
Kimbell Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas

Guercino, born as Giovanni Francesco Barbieri on February 8, 1591, was an Italian Baroque painter who was extremely productive during his creative years. I don't know him but I'm happy to use him for this post. His work reminds me very much of Caravaggio and also of El Greco. I like the deep and warm colours in this particular painting that dates from his early and most desirable period. Prior to its purchase by the Kimbell Art Museum in 2010, 'Christ and the woman of Samaria' had never been exhibited. Guernico received praise for the emotional power he displayed in his compositions. Besides paintings he also made many drawings. 

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