Domenico di Jacopo di Matteo, called 'Becuccio Bicchieraio'
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Domenico di Jacopo di Matteo, called 'Becuccio Bicchieraio' about 1528 - 1530

On Display Scottish National Gallery

This portrait was at one time thought to be of the artist himself, but has been convincingly identified as his good friend Becuccio the glass-maker (bicchieraio). The inclusion of a glass jug and dish draws attention to the subject's craftsmanship and the artist's own skills as a painter. Even more striking, however, is the emphatic twist of Becuccio's three quarter pose and the prominence given to the play of light on his dark sleeve. The expressive use of shadow at the corners of the eyes and mouth reflect the influence on Del Sarto of Leonardo da Vinci's sfumato, a gradual blending of light and shade.

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Sfumato

Gradual changes in colours or tones so that they appear to merge into one another creating an atmospheric effect. Leonardo da Vinci was its prime exponent.

Sfumato

Details

  • Acc. No. NG 2297
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 86.00 x 67.00 cm (framed: 114.70 x 96.30 x 12.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1967