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Picture Books of the Past: Marietta Robusti

Enjoy this series of segments highlighting Picture Books of the Past: Reading Old Master Paintings, a loan exhibition of 60+ works from the M&G collection. The exhibit has traveled to The Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. and the Orlando Museum of Art in Florida.

Marietta Robusti’s Allegory of Wisdom is replete with both Christian and mythological symbols. (Following your video viewing click HERE to access the additional information provided on the exhibition’s text panels.)

Whatsoever Things Are… Just: The Last Supper

The supper is the last intimate meal Christ will have with his disciples, and Cernotto beautifully captures the familiarity of the scene.



Visit HERE for the next video to consider what is Just, referencing Christ’s sacrifice.

Whatsoever Things Are… Honorable: The Good Samaritan

While the lives of real people are incredibly inspiring, so are stories with a poignant purpose, like this well-known parable.


Visit HERE for the next video to consider what is Just.

Jacopo Robusti (called Il Tintoretto): The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to Solomon

Following Titian’s death in 1576, Tintoretto became the leading artist in Venice.

Christ the Redeemer: Paris Bordone

Paris Bordone studied for a time under Titian, the greatest Venetian artist of the 16th century. Although forced to leave this great master’s studio, Bordone went on to excel in portraiture, large-scale architectural settings, and cabinet paintings.

Jacopo Robusti, called Il Tintoretto

The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to Solomon

Jacopo Robusti, called Il Tintoretto

Below the image, click play to listen.

Stefano Cernotto (attr. to): The Last Supper

The Last Supper was a common subject among 16th-century artists; however, the intriguing iconography in Stefano Cernotto’s rendering displays an inventiveness that is unique.

Marietta Robusti: Allegory of Wisdom

Marietta Robusti’s Allegory of Wisdom is an excellent example of how Renaissance artists used both Christian and mythological iconography to explore a theme.