Volpone at San Marco by Jack Levine(411 views)
This painting is a lively oil on canvas work depicting three characters from a scene from Volpone (Italian for "sly fox")?a comedic play by English playwright Ben Jonson first produced in 1605?06. Jonson's most-performed play, Volpone is a merciless satire of greed and lust and is ranked among the finest Jacobean-era comedies.
The painting iself is a modern depiction of Volpone. The titular character is shown in the Piazza di San Marco of Venice. To Volpone's right is his companion, Nano, dressed as a gondolier and behind Volpone is his companion, Androgyno, a hermaphrodite who is dressed as bare-breasted prostitute. The Basilica di San Marco (St. Mark's Basilica) is visible in the background.
About the artist:
The work's creator, Jack Levine was an American Social Realist painter known for his satires on modern life and biblical narratives. Levine is associated with the Boston Expressionist school, and his work is included in important public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Fogg Art Museum, and the National Gallery of Art.
Dimensions: 40 x 35 in.
Artist or Maker: Jack Levine (American, 1915?-2010)
Medium: oil on canvas