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The Banquet of Herod
Maganza, Alessandro
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Maganza, Alessandro

Vicenza, 1556 - Vicenza, 1630

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The Banquet of Herod

Early Finales del siglo XVI - XVII century. Wash, Pencil, Pencil ground, Grey-brown ink on paper.
Not on display

Maganza´s work belongs to the mainstream of painting in the Veneto during the last years of the sixteenth century and the first decades of the seventeenth. His drawings, especially, reveal the influence of both Antonio Zelotti (1526-1578) and, more importantly, Hans Rottenhammer (1564/65-1625), the German-born painter who established a studio in Venice shortly before 1600, where he resided for a number of years. Rottenhammer, whose graphic skills Maganza was evidently keen to emulate, was among the most accomplished draftsmen then active in the city.

In this attractive and compelling study, there are several echoes of Rottenhammer´s unmistakable, slightly elongated figure types. On the other hand, the monumental scale of the setting and the complexity of the figural design show that Maganza was also looking to the example of Tintoretto (1519-1594) and Veronese (1528-1588). Further inspiration is owed to the work of an artist active beyond the Veneto: the Brescian, Girolamo Romanino (1484/87—c. 1560), whose memorable representations of richly clad knights and ladies helps explain the conception in the drawing of the group of soldiers carousing at the table in the right middle ground, as well as the pair in the left foreground, in sharp contra luce, seated with their backs to the spectator.

The religious subject matter seems to take second place to the representation of the imposing, dramatically lit domestic interior. Salome stands in front of Herod, to the left of the table, as a servant behind her carries in the platter with St. John´s head. Apart from the two soldiers muttering to each other in the foreground and the young man, to the right of center, who raises his left hand in a gesture of shock, the rest of the company seems oblivious to the event.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Chicago, Art Services International, 2008, p.164,312

Technical data

Inventory number
Maganza, Alessandro
The Banquet of Herod
Early Finales del siglo XVI - XVII century
Wash; Pencil; Pencil ground; Grey-brown ink
Height: 208 mm; Width: 232 mm
Bequest of Pedro Fernández Durán y Bernaldo de Quirós, 1931

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de dibujos. Dibujos italianos del siglo XVI (por Nicholas Turner, con la colaboración de José Manuel Matilla), V, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 164-165, 312.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International, Chicago, 2008, pp. 164,312.

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 1317.

Inscriptions +

PFD [Anagrama de Pedro Fernández Durán]
Blue ink stamp. Passepartout

Printmaking. Passepartout

Andres Vicentino

Exhibitions +

De Miguel Ángel a Annibale Carracci. Un siglo de Dibujos Italianos en el Museo del Prado
25.10.2008 - 26.07.2009

Un siglo de dibujos italianos en el Museo del Prado. De Miguel Ángel a Annibale Carracci
23.11.2004 - 13.02.2005

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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