The gifts of the sea, Jacopo Dzukki, 1585

The gifts of the sea, Jacopo Dzukki, 1585
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  • Posted by Jacopo Zukki
  • Museum: Borghese Gallery
  • Year: 1585

Overview of the painting :

The gifts of the sea are Jacopo Zukki. 1585. Oil on canvas. 55×45
   The Florentine manierist Jacopo Dzukki (about 1542 – about 1596) created a lot of work to decorate palaces and villas. One of them is a small canvas “Gifts of the Sea”, representing the allegory of the discovery of America.

   Nereids and the sea god are sitting on a rocky island, their bodies are decorated with pearls and corals, and caught treasures are scattered around – pearls and various-shaped sinks, among which are also coral twig, large cancer and snail. The whole sea to the horizon is full of diving and sailing hunters for underwater beauty, and on the islands visible in the distance, people also celebrate the generosity of the aquatic element.

   This picture is filled with ease and fun, a comedy sweeps into it, on which beads and earrings are put. Carefully written out lovely details, the artist gave his work the decorativeness that his customers so appreciated. But with all the ease of the depicted, it carries a deep meaning: as the Renaissance humanists taught after ancient philosophers, life in the lap of nature not only calms a person, but also improves it.