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Bernardo Cavallino



Bernardo Cavallino

Naples, bapt 25 Aug 1616; d Naples, ?1656).

Italian painter and draughtsman. He was the most individual and most poetic painter active in Naples during the first half of the 17th century. He painted mainly small cabinet pictures, on canvas or on copper, for dealers and for highly cultivated private patrons; he had few public commissions and apparently never painted any large-scale decorations for private or ecclesiastical patrons. His subject-matter is largely derived from the Old and New Testaments, the Apocrypha, Tasso and from Roman history and mythology. Documentary evidence for his life and work is almost non-existent, and he remains enigmatic and elusive as a historical figure. Yet as a painter he is strikingly distinctive, uniting a refinement and virtuosity of brushwork with an intensely naturalistic observation of surfaces, and complex and dramatic compositions with an extraordinary brilliance of palette. Only eight pictures are signed, initialled or inscribed with Cavallino’s name. No works are documented and only five may be tentatively identified with pictures in mid-18th-century Neapolitan collections described by Bernardo de Dominici. A strict chronology cannot be established, yet his accepted works, the attribution of which depends on their distinctive visual qualities, may be grouped as early, mature and late pictures on the basis of style.


The Blessed Virgin

Oil on canvas, 167 x 118 cm
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan



Lot and His Daughters
Musee du Louvre, Paris


David Playing before Saul
oil on canvas
Art History Museum, Vienna


Curacion de Tobias


Desposorios de Tobias


Martirio de San Esteban


The Shade of Samuel Invoked by Saul


Lot and his Daughters


The Drunkenness of Noah


The Ecstasy of St Cecilia

Oil on canvas
Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples


St Peter and Cornelius the Centurion

Oil on canvas, 102 x 127 cm
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome


Clavichord Player

Oil on canvas
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lyon


Esther and Ahaseurus

Oil on canvas, 75 x 102 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence


The Virgin Annunciate


Adoration of the Shepherds


Christ driving the Traders from the Temple


Mucius Scaevola Confronting King Porsenna


Martyrdom of St Bartholomew

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