Painting, oil on canvas, 93 x 118 cm without frame and 103 x 128 cm with frame depicting an Allegory of Summer by the painter Gerolamo Bassano (Bassano 1566 - Vicenza 1621).
The painting is in a good state of legibility and depicts an enjoyably rustic scene, with animals and peasants dedicated to daily rural work, with summer landscape typologies.
In the canvas you can see a young hunter with his pack of 3 white dogs and a hare hanging from a stick, three shepherds intent on milking two goats, a rooster, a hen with chicks and on the backdrop a traveler on horseback and one on foot accompanied by a greyhound.
In the canvas the landscape setting plays a primary role since it enriches the scenes making them captivating from a figurative point of view: similar compositions with rural and domestic themes characterized by a particular type of painting that describes the details in an incisive but equally fluid and compendiary way they strongly refer to the Venetian pictorial environment that can be circumscribed between the end of the 16th century and the first decades of the 17th century.
The Bassanesque matrix of the painting in question is evident; the heirs and pupils of Jacopo dal ponte painted various compositions similar to this kind of allegories, often with references to biblical and pastoral content linked to proverbs dear to popular wisdom.
Then it is clear how the synthetic and chiaroscuro painting does not prevent the author from fixing the main identified characters of the characters and animals. For all these reasons the author of this scene is undoubtedly Gerolamo dal Ponte (Bassabo 1566 - Venice 1621) also called Bassano, of which he was a long follower.
In the 1980s he collaborated with him on the altarpiece with the Madonna and SS. Agata and Apollonia (now in the Bassano museum) sharing the ease of the pictorial mixture with well-balanced colors with appropriate timbral variations.
In support of the attribution proposal, it is sufficient to compare our paintings with other analogues of Jerome such as the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, the element of fire and the allegory of autumn, other works in which a similar chromatic drafting of the painted backgrounds decisive and very effective in the rendering of light.
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