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Ancient painting

Landscapes, still lifes, portraits, faces, sacred subjects, glimpses and views of Italian and international artists: in this section all the works of Ancient Painting available in our catalog.

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Allegory Of Love Oil On Canvas Northern Europe 17th 18th Century
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ARARPI0097148

Allegory Of Love Oil On Canvas Northern Europe 17th 18th Century

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Allegory Of Love Oil On Canvas Northern Europe 17th 18th Century

Oil on canvas. North-European School. This is a funny allegorical scene of profane love, that wants to prove how everyone, of any social class and every age, can fall into the trap of falling in love. The background of the canvas is occupied by an enormous keepnet, the basket net used in some kinds of fishing, above its opening sits a putto playing the violin; the keepnet is crowded with couples, while a parade of other couples walks in front of them to reach the entrance. Between them, there are couples of old and young people, rich and poor people, nobles, bourgeois and proletarians. Everyone has a content and light expression, they share looks of love or they benevolently look at the happiness of the others. Inside the keepnet, there is even a couple of royals, that correspond, for their features and clothing, to the Elector Palatine of Rhineland, John William of the Palatinate-Neuburg and his second wife Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici. On the back of the painting, there is a label bearing a historical attribution to Jan Frans Douven (1656-1727), the Dutch artist who moved to Düsseldorf in 1682 as the official painter at the Court of the Elector Palatine of Rhineland, mostly representing scenes of the daily life of the prince and his second wife. The label would confirm the scope of the attribution to an artist of the 17th-18th century in Northern Europe. The painting comes from a historical collection in Milan. It shows some traces of restorations and a patch. Frame in style.

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Four Portraits Of Cmmander Kings Tempera On Canvas 18th Century
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Four Portraits Of Cmmander Kings Tempera On Canvas 18th Century

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Four Portraits Of Cmmander Kings Tempera On Canvas 18th Century

"Tempera grassa" on canvas. North Italian School. It is believed that the first large pieces were part of the decorative apparatus of a big palace. The technique used, a greasy tempera applied on canvas with a really light preparation and a quick hatching without precise references to the figures, underlines the fast execution, aimed at obtaining pieces for purely decorative purposes in a short time. The four portraits depict the figures of kings, recognizable by different royal attributes (crowns, sceptres, royal garments), but represented as commanders, with armours and/or weapons. The peculiarity is that the characters belong to different eras and places, as if it was an homage to the great royal figures of history. The identification of the characters is uncertain, although it is possible to hypothesize some names: the king with the poor metal crown, but with very pointed cusps, who holds a sword with a hilt in the shape of a bird's head and who is covered with a mantle of rough cloth and a simple armour from which fur elements appear, could be Attila, king of the Huns; the oriental figure, with a turban adorned with precious gemstones, could be an Ottoman sultan, such as Suleiman; the warrior with the Ancient Greek armour, with the helm surmounted by a dragon and a breastplate richly decorated with friezes, could be Alexander the Great; lastly, the young king in a full plate armour and the crowned "hat of arms" helmet, used during the late Middle Ages, refers to a 15th century ruler, who is placed in one of the royal families derived from the Sacred Roman Empire by the necklace with the imperial eagle. The four paintings, still in their original canvas, show signs of restorations and integrations, with some small patches on the back. They come from a historical collection from Bologna. They are presented in frames in style.

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Lament Over The Dead Christ Oil On Canvas North Italy School 1600
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Lament Over The Dead Christ Oil On Canvas North Italy School 1600

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Lament Over The Dead Christ Oil On Canvas North Italy School 1600

Oil on canvas. North Italian School. Inserted in a late Renaissance landscape, the composition of the figures is arranged according to an ascending diagonal towards the left and more precisely culminating with the three crosses on Calvary in the distance; the body of Christ is in the middle, lying, albeit also obliquely, behind him there are three figures: St. John, Mary in the centre, and a pious woman, the only one depicted in seventeenth-century clothes- probably a portrait of a person close to the client. The piece can be placed in the Lombard-Venetian cultural production of the first half of the 16th century, more precisely in the pictorial activity that flourished between Brescia, Garda and Verona, which found its maximum expression in the mannerist ways of Giovanni Demio (1500-1570 ca). In particular, some elements are found in the piece, especially in the shapes of clothing and poses (for example of Saint John), which refer to models of Raphaelesque mold that were widely used, thanks to the mediation of engravers such as Marcantonio Raimondi (1480 -1534 ca ), who contributed to the distribution of the pieces of the masters. The painting, restored and relined, has extensive renovations. It is presented in an antique frame, that can be dated around the 17th century, repainted.

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Portrait Of Eleonora Lampugnani Oil On Canvas Second Half 1500
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Portrait Of Eleonora Lampugnani Oil On Canvas Second Half 1500

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Portrait Of Eleonora Lampugnani Oil On Canvas Second Half 1500

Oil on canvas. Lombard school. The rich lady portrayed is accompanied by the identifying inscription at the top right which reads "Eleonora Lampuniana Nupta N.V. Bartolomei De Cornu 1478": it is therefore Eleonora Lampugnani wife of Bartolomeo Del Corno. The Lampugnani family is an ancient patrician family of Milan (the name derives from the Lampugnano neighbourhood), with residences in Legnano and Busto Arsizio, and to which Filippo Maria Visconti (Duke of Milan) assigned the fief of Trecate in the fifteenth century; the noblewoman's husband belonged to the noble Piedmontese Corno family (originally called Del Corno). The noblewoman is portrayed standing, in a splendid richly embroidered dress, embellished with lace; she lays her hand on a precious box inlaid with ivory, probably a coin cabinet, a symbol of wealth and power, surmounted by a vase with flowers, a symbol of vanity. The painting has an ancient restoration on the hands, which are of lower quality than the face, the clothes, the glass jar. The painting comes from an antique Lombard collection. The date 1478, reported in the inscription, is not very consistent with the sixteenth-century clothing: according to the story of the family of origin of the painting, the date that appeared before the last restoration was 1578, and therefore it would be a modification mistakenly made by the restorer.

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