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Out of the Darkness - Andrea Bayer and Michael Gallagher

The Baptism of Christ

This event is part of the Met Salon Series.
Curators illuminate current exhibitions in an informal setting over light refreshments.

Andrea Bayer, Curator, Department of European Paintings, MMA.
Michael Gallagher, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge, Department of Paintings Conservation, MMA.

Jacopo Bassano’s last masterpiece, The Baptism of Christ, was left unfinished when he died in 1592. Upon its rediscovery in the 1930s, it was recognized as one of his most moving and personal works, deviating from tradition in its nocturnal setting and dramatic sense of foreboding. The painting has now undergone a technical examination and treatment that have confirmed its extraordinary quality and led to significant new observations about the artist’s technique and the issue of “non-finito” (“not-finished”) for Venetian painters. Andrea Bayer and Michael Gallagher discuss the findings of their study and the importance of Bassano’s work in the context of the Museum’s newly conceived Venetian Renaissance gallery.

Tickets to this event include Museum admission.

This series is made possible by the Mrs. Joseph H. King Fund.

Above: Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo da Ponte) (Italian, ca. 1510–1592 ). The Baptism of Christ (detail), ca. 1590. Oil on canvas; 75 1/2 x 63 1/8 in. (191.8 x 160.3 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Partial and Promised Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fisch, 2012 (2012.99)

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