Melancholy - Domenico Fetti. 179x140
In the first half of the XVII century, Venice was visited, admiring its artistic treasures, and artists from other cities and countries (Rubens, Velazquez, Liss, Van Dyck, Poussin) readily created it. The Roman Domenico Fetti (circa 1588 / 1589-1623 / 1624) arrived there from Mantua, where he served as a painter at the Dukes of Gonzaga and studied Venetian paintings in a magnificent palace collection.
Fetti became a follower of the rebel Caravaggio; his acquaintance with the German Adam Elshheimer, another peculiar caravagist, made him submit to the effects of contrasts of light and shadow, and his admiration for the expression of Rubens' compositions confirmed his desire to convey the reverent fluidity of the painting texture with a free brushstroke that retains the trace of the brush.
Your composition "Melancholy" ("Reflection") Fetti filled with many symbols known for the masterpiece of Dürer. Attributes surrounding a female figure resembling his winged genius mean the Christian postulate of the frailty and futility of existence (the popular story “vanitas”), and the vine - the one who accepted human sins in the name of eternal good life.