Artibus et Historiae no. 80 (XL)

2019, ISSN 0391-9064

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ROBERTO CONTINI - Pacchia in Galicia (pp. 143–146)

The tondo depicting a Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist is one of the highlights of the Museo municipal Quiñones de León in the Galician town of Vigo, in the north west of the Iberian Peninsula.

Despite the reference to the circle of the purist Florentine painter Fra Bartolomeo, this work shows the anticlassical, expressionistic features of Raphael’s contemporaries such as Girolamo Genga, also a native of Urbino. The striking links with Genga’s œuvre notwithstanding, the present writer prefers to attribute the authorship of the panel to a sort of alter-ego of Genga, the Sienese Girolamo Del Pacchia, in the second decade of the sixteenth century.

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