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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.


Baroque Art and Architecture

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Wikimedia