Maffeo Verona, attributed to - Angelica and Medoro
Maffeo Verona, attributed to
Angelica and Medoro
Oil on canvas (relined). 142 x 165 cm.
Maffeo Verona begun his career in Venice, where he was strongly influenced by the late Cinquecento artists and in particular by the work of Palma il Giovane. Aside from religious commissions, Maffeo was often commissioned by the Venetian nobility for secular parietal decorations and specialized in this kind of work, which in Venice was executed on canvas rather than fresco, and then placed in the setting. It is possible that the present canvas originates from a larger cycle depicting scenes from Orlando Furioso destined to ornament a Venetian Palazzo, but which was split at a later stage.
The stylistic references to Veronese, Tintoretto and Palma are particularity strong in the present example and are combined a vivid narrative vein, typical for the artist.
Private collection, Italy.