Monks Praying in a Grotto, c. 1705–06

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The paintings of Alessandro Magnasco present mysterious worlds—dark, moody landscapes in flickering light, populated by wild, expressive figures. Monks were a favored subject. Here they are scattered about a woodland grotto praying, in seeming anguish. Magnasco’s interest in fantasy combined with his raw, rapid handling of paint, was very forward-looking in the early 1700s. Magnasco often collaborated with the landscape painter Antonio Francesco Peruzzini, to whom the background of this painting has recently been attributed.

Details
Title
Monks Praying in a Grotto
Artist Life
Italian (Genoa), 1667 - 1749
Role
Artist
Accession Number
83.6.3
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