Federico Barocci (Italian, Urbino ca. 1535–1612 Urbino)
Country of Origin Italy
Oil on canvas
94 1/8 × 67 5/16 in. (239 × 171 cm)
Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino
Rights and Reproduction:
Scala / Art Resource, NY
Not on view
Barocci, perhaps the greatest Italian painter of his generation, was famed for the careful study that went into the design of his altarpieces. This Assumption, in which the Virgin rises to heaven surrounded by the Apostles, was left in the artist’s studio in Urbino at his death and described in an inventory as "almost half done." Painting on a canvas with his characteristically dark ground, Barocci had already worked out the major color harmonies and set down the complex poses of the figures, studied in drawings as well. Despite its incomplete state, the painting was admired by the artist’s contemporaries, one of whom called it "a splendor."
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art [The Met Breuer]. "Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible," March 18–September 4, 2016.