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Lucio Massari

Bolognese Bore

Masari, Sagra Famiglia

Another son of Bologna, (1569-1633), and another product of the Carracci academy, Massari represents Bolognese painting at its most leaden and tedious. His subject matter is often disturbing, such as a canvas, now in Liechtenstein, of St. Paul burning classical books, a popular theme among Counterreformation clerics. Massari painted a hilarious Holy Family, now in the Uffizi in Florence, in which Mary is washing the clothes, baby Jesus wringing them out, and a very grumpy-looking St. Joseph hanging them on the line.

In Bologna, works at San Petronio, the Pinacoteca, San Michele in Bosco and San Colombano (assisting the Carracci), and other churches.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Wikimedia