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Purissima

American Art

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Purissima

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Joseph Stella
American, born Italy, 1877–1946

Date

1927

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

2000.206

Dimensions

76 x 57 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 301

Description

Joseph Stella’s depictions of the world around him offered an idiosyncratic vision of the early 1900s. He found fame with a striking series of paintings featuring the Brooklyn Bridge. Always reinventing himself, however, he turned to a series inspired by the art and environment of his native Naples.

Purissima is one in a series of exquisite, large-scale paintings featuring Madonnas painted to resemble early Christian icons and set in stylized, paradisiacal Italian landscapes. This example includes a view of the Mount Vesuvius gently erupting the distance.

Credit

Purchase with funds from Harriet and Elliott Goldstein and High Museum of Art Enhancement Fund