The Wavy Sea Oil on Canvas Italy XVII-XVIII Century

Code :  ARARPI0184972

The Wavy Sea Oil on Canvas Italy XVII-XVIII Century

Code :  ARARPI0184972

The Wavy Sea Oil on Canvas Italy XVII-XVIII Century


Artist:  Marco Ricci (1676-1730) Attributed to 

Artwork title:  Mare in burrasca

Age:  XVIII Century - from 1701 to 1800 , 17th century - from 1601 to 1700

Subject:  Marine landscape

Origin:  Italia

Artistic technique:  Pittura

Technical specification:  Oil on canvas

Description : Mare in burrasca

Oil on canvas. As signed by the label on the back, the painting was presented athe "Venetian Baroque Painting Exhibition" of 1943, with the title "in porto al tramonto" and the attribution to Marco Ricci. This attribution can be motivated by the executive ability, which through rapid and loose brushstrokes. It manages to fully render the natural reality of the stormy sea with sensivity. In this regard, see the similar images published by Rodolfo Pallucchini in the studies "Studi ricceschi: contributo a Marco published in the magazine Arte veneta (vol. IX, 1955). Ricci's landscape and marine productions (which, however, were not his most extensive production) are characterized by powerful and emotional lights, by dry and twisted trees, rocks and towers, cumulus clouds that suddenly break open in vague flashes of blue, foaming waves, a complex repertoire that transfigures nature into a dramatic and restless representation, in which man is also inserted as an integral element. Also in this painting we find these highly dramatic but at the same time scenographic elements, with some human figures, three men on a small boat in the foreground, who are barely distinguishable from the sea and the rocks that surround them, as well as the ship on the left sinking engulfed by the sea. Restored and relined, the painting is presented in a period frame.

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Product in good condition, shows small signs of wear. We try to present the real state as fully as possible with photos. If some details are not clear from the photos, what is reported in the description will prevail.

Frame Size (cm):
Height: 103
Width: 140
Depth: 5

Artwork dimensions (cm):
Height: 96
Width: 133

Additional Information

Artist: Marco Ricci (1676-1730)

Marco Ricci, born on 5 June 1676 in Belluno, was a painter, landscape painter and engraver, son of Girolamo and nephew of Sebastiano. He was brought up by his uncle in Venice; his violent nature forced him to move to Split due to a fight, to then accompany his uncle to London and work with him. Various landscapes depicting the Dalmatian coast and the Piave date back to this period, in the style of Titian and mixed with fantastic schemes taken from romantic views of his immediate predecessors. Later, the knowledge of Alessandro Magnasco gave birth to a collection of marine storm scenes, with very dark tones. The similarity between the paintings of the Venetian and those of the Genoese is so great that it sometimes proves very difficult to attribute them to one of the two authors. Upon returning to Venice from London, Marco Ricci resumed his collaboration with his uncle, with whom he created the landscape masterpiece of the Miracle of Moses, a work in which the artist silhouettes figures of heroes against the light background given by the ruins. In his last period, the artist was the author of several temperas on parchment, which are now in Windsor Castle. Although he was predominantly a landscape painter, many caricatured portraits of dramatic actors remain of him. Ricci died by suicide on January 21, 1729.


XVIII Century - from 1701 to 1800

In the century of the Enlightenment, or the exaltation of reason and science as the only tools that can free man from ignorance and the yoke of the Church and the nobility, art passes from the intent of the Baroque to tell religious truths or to imitate nature, with strong chiaroscuro contrasts and artificial excesses, to the lighter and more vaporous forms (sometimes even frivolous and affected) of the so-called Barocchetto or Rococò, to lead to Neoclassicism which, looking at the ancient art of the Greeks and Romans, wants to re-propose the discovery of beauty, in the search for harmony, proportions, balances.
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17th century - from 1601 to 1700

In the seventeenth century, art was strongly conditioned by the religious problem: the Church was still one of the greatest patrons of works of art and used them to fascinate and impress the faithful, exalting salvation, reachable only with fidelity to the Church. 17th century art is therefore an educational tool, produced to be enjoyed and understood by many. Thus, the scenes that face the representation of an imaginary reality are accompanied by the analysis of the details and the great clarity of the environment, in order to propose every fiction as real and with the intention of emotionally involving the observer, making him live. in a subjective way an infinite and grandiose reality, also reflects the artist's desire to express himself freely: in fact he does not bend to pre-established schemes, he does not use rigid, contained forms, organized in rigorous compositional symmetries, but free, open and articulated forms . The art of the 1600s is therefore a representation, the purpose of which is to impress, move, persuade; it is the product of the imagination and its purpose is to persuade that something not real can become real. This complex artistic phenomenon is traditionally defined as Baroque, and its birth takes place in Rome between the third and fourth decade of the seventeenth century, where it is eminently represented by the work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Francesco Borromini and Pietro da Cortona. , even if the fundamental junction is constituted by the work of Caravaggio. The movement then spread throughout Italy and Europe (we remember in particular Rembrandt, Rubens, Velazquez), in the world of arts, literature, music, and in numerous other areas, until the mid-18th century.
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Subject: Marine landscape

Artistic technique: Pittura

La pittura è l'arte che consiste nell'applicare dei pigmenti a un supporto come la carta, la tela, la seta, la ceramica, il legno, il vetro o un muro. Essendo i pigmenti essenzialmente solidi, è necessario utilizzare un legante, che li porti a uno stadio liquido, più fluido o più denso, e un collante, che permetta l'adesione duratura al supporto. Chi dipinge è detto pittore o pittrice. Il risultato è un'immagine che, a seconda delle intenzioni dell'autore, esprime la sua percezione del mondo o una libera associazione di forme o un qualsiasi altro significato, a seconda della sua creatività, del suo gusto estetico e di quello della società di cui fa parte.

Technical specification: Oil on canvas

The oil painting is a painting technique using powder pigments mixed with bases in inert and oils.

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