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The Thanksgiving of Noah

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The Thanksgiving of Noah

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Il Baciccio (Giovanni Battista Gaulli)
Italian, 1639–1709

Date

ca. 1700

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

58.30

Dimensions

64 1/2 x 51 1/4 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 204

Description

Most likely created as part of a narrative cycle, this painting is one of three versions in which Gaulli represented Noah’s offering to God after the Flood. Gaulli set this scene against a mountainous Italian landscape that recalls his native city, Genoa. His sculptural treatment of drapery and expressive use of color can be seen in the bright robes worn by Noah and his sons. The artist also demonstrated a careful study of anatomy in the bodies of Noah’s three ruddy sons as they lead animals from the ark to the altar.

Credit

Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

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