To Market, To Market, To Buy a Fat Pig

[Featured images by Bartolomeo Passerotti | Two Market Stalls: The Fish Stall and The Butcher Stall (both oil on canvas 112cm x 152cm).]

Italian artist of the Mannerist period Bartolomeo Passerotti, was born in Bologna in 1529. He traveled to Rome in the mid-16th century where he worked under Girolamo Vignola and Taddeo Zuccari. Upon returning to Bologna Passerotti accumulated a large studio, where he influenced many Bolognese artists who would later play a role in the rise of the Baroque period in art.

  • The Fish Stall and The Butcher Stall are two of four Market Stall paintings by Passerotti. Dated ca 1578-1580, they are signed with a sparrow, the artists symbol.
  • Both of these artworks were purchased by Otto Messenger and donated to the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica di Palazzo Barberini in 1967.
  • Two further works in this collection include: The Chicken Sellers (part of the Longhi collection) and The Chicken and Vegetable Sellers (Gemaldegalerie collection, Berlin).
  •  For other market stall depictions in art see The Fruit Seller by Vincenzo Campi.

Four of Passerotti’s sons, Ventura, Aurelio, Tiburzio and Passarotto became painters. Bartolomeo Passerotti died in 1592 at the age of 63.

To Market, To Market, To Buy a Fat Pig, Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity-Jig, is a nursery rhyme which is based upon the traditional rural activity of going to a market or a fair where agricultural produce would be bought and sold.

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