Feast in the house of Simon - Bernardo Strozzi. Oil on Canvas, 272х740
Bernardo Strozzi (1581-1644) was known to his contemporaries nicknamed Cappuccino, as well as Prete Genovese ("Priest of Genoa"). He really was a monk of the Order of the Capuchins in Genoa, but in 1610 he left the walls of the monastery to look after his sick mother and to do his favorite painting more intensively. In 1630, after her death, Strozzi did not want to return to a reclusive life, for which he was sent to prison. Having gone free, he went to live in Venice, and the last period of his life is extremely fruitful. However, researchers are inclined to consider this large-scale painting as a "Genoese" work.
The Evangelist Luke narrates that when Christ was invited to Simon's house The Pharisee (the Pharisees are members of the Jewish sect), a woman brought an alabaster vessel with myrrh (he is at the feet of Christ in the picture), began to wash Jesus' feet with tears “and wipe his hair with his hair, and kissed His feet, and anointed the world” (Luke 7 : 36-38). Those present were indignant at the behavior of the sinner, but the Savior told them: “Her many sins are forgiven for the fact that she loved a lot; but to whom little is forgiven, he loves little. " And he said, turning to the woman: “Your faith has saved you; Go in peace ”(Luke 7: 47-50).
Paolo Veronese created one of his masterpieces on this subject, and Strozzi clearly admires him: he "rhymes" the architectural motif of the painting with Veronesean. And yet the “absolute”, neutral background of the central part of the canvas already reveals a taste of the time for a Karavaji optical medium, which allows the cut-off contrast to highlight human figures, emphasize psychological reactions and make tangible still lifes. The canvas was written for the reception of the monastery of Santa Maria in Pascione shortly before arriving in Venice.