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Il Tramonto (The Sunset)

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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The meaning of this scene is difficult to decipher, largely because the painting is very damaged and many areas are not original. The two foreground figures are genuine and may represent Saint Roch and Gothardus, who tended the plague sore on Saint Roch’s thigh. If this is the case, the picture might have been painted to commemorate relief from the plague in the Veneto in 1504. The sinister little beaked creature emerging from the water also seems to be genuine, although its meaning is unclear.

The National Gallery, London

London


Date

1506-10

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 73.3 x W 91.4 cm

Accession number

NG6307

Acquisition method

Bought, 1961

Work type

Painting


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