Friday, November 18, 2016

The Eccentric imagination of Guido Cagnacci now at the Frick Collection

Guido Cagnacci (1601–1663) The Repentant Magdalene, ca. 1660−63 Oil on canvas 90 1/4 x 104 3/4 inches Norton Simon Art Foundation, Pasadena, California
NEW YORK --- Guido Cagnacci’s Repentant Magdalene from the Norton Simon Museum opened at the Frick Collection in October. Repentant Magdalene is considered a masterpiece of seventeenth-century Italian art, and a work that has not been seen outside California. The special exhibition traces the career of the urbulent life and career of one of the most eccentric painters of seventeenth-century Italy. Cagnacci was infamous in his day for his unconventional lifestyle, and most of the surviving documents that enable us to reconstruct his biography are legal and criminal records. He was often rumored to be living illegally with attractive young women, who were disguised as male apprentices.

The Frick Collection: "Cagnacci’s “Repentant Magdalene”: An Italian Baroque Masterpiece from the Norton Simon Museum"; (through January 22, 2017); 1 East 70th Street, near Fifth Avenue; 212.288.0700;