Inventory number
P05263
Author
Bassano, Jacopo
Title
Vulcan's Forge
Chronology
Ca. 1585
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
250 cm x 407 cm
School
Italian
Theme
Mythology
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection (Royal Alcázar Palace, Madrid, “salón de los espejos-cuartos principales”, 1701-1703, nº 13; Royal Palace of El Buen Retiro, Madrid, “pinturas recogidas de las Casas Arzobispales”, 1747, nº 838; Buen Retiro Palace, “salón de Coloma”, 1772, nº 838, ; Buen Retiro Palace, 1794, nº 544)

This forge with characters wearing contemporary clothing —only Cupid reveals the work's mythological character— is an excuse for showing how light alters the textures and qualities of surfaces it illuminates, be they bodies, or copper, steel, glass or clay objects. Such virtuosity was much appreciated by the public.

This is one of Jacopo's most impressive late works, the result of a profound study of late Titian, and here, the aged artist proves to be the true heir to the colorist from Pieve di Cadore.

This work was first listed in 1666 at the “Hall of Mirrors” of Madrid's Alcázar Palace, where it was paired with Veronese's Christ among the Doctors in the Temple (P00491).

 
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