Sic Transit Gloria Mundi Oil on Canvas France XVII Century
Work title: "Sic transit gloria mundi"
Art School: French School
Subject: Allegorical / Mythological Subject
Artistic technique: Pittura
Technical specification: Oil on canvas
Description : "Sic transit gloria mundi"
Oil on canvas. French school of the seventeenth century. The scene is set in front of an open arch in a stone structure, which gives access to uninhabited and bare rooms. Two figures, a woman and a putto, are delighting with different instruments: she plays a mandolin and, scattered on the ground, there is a palette of colors, books, jewels, armor and weapons, other musical instruments, and a globe. on which the putto stands, producing soap bubbles; on the ground in the center, a cartouche mentions the saying \"Sic transit gloria mundi\". This is a famous Latin phrase, which in Italian means \"Thus passes the glory of the world\", used to emphasize the ephemeral value of the things of life, symbolized by various objects (arts, literature, wealth ...), destined to vanish like soap bubbles. The whole scene therefore has a strong allegorical / symbolic meaning: even the sunset, which can be glimpsed on the left, expresses the same concept, everything in the world is destined to end. The theme of the transience of life, always present in art, had its maximum development in the seventeenth century, closely related to the sense of precariousness that hit the European continent following the Thirty Years' War and the spread of plague epidemics. With allegorical scenes like this, rather than with the Vanitas or Memento mori, or scenes or still lifes with symbolic elements alluding to the theme of the transience of life (the skull, the candle that is consumed, a clock, a broken flower), we wanted precisely to emphasize the ephemeral condition of existence, of man and earthly goods. On the back of the work there is a cartouche that says a probable attribution to Simon Vouet. The painting, restored and relined, is presented in a re-adapted antique frame.
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Art School: French School
Time: 17th century - from 1601 to 1700
Subject: Allegorical / Mythological Subject
Artistic technique: PitturaLa 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 canvasThe oil painting is a painting technique using powder pigments mixed with bases in inert and oils.
Oil on canvas. Northern Italian school of the 17th-18th century. In a large, rather barren hilly landscape, which widens and fades to the right, there is a high rock, shaped like an arch, under which there is Saint Jerome penitent, depicted in the act of prayer and adoration of the Cross. In accordance with the canons of 17th-18th century painting, the figure of the Saint, adapted to the iconography in his clothes and attitude, is however inserted in an unsuitable landscape, close to that of the painter who drew on the landscape reality known to him. . The painting, restored and relined, is presented in a period frame.
Oil on canvas. Lombard school of the late 17th-early 18th century. The rich composition offers a large bouquet of colorful flowers in an embossed vase, next to two large pumpkins and mixed fruit (grapes and peaches): with different intensities of color, the various naturalistic elements emerge from the completely dark background, creating effects of lights and shadows. Restored and relined, the painting is presented in an early 20th century frame.
Oil on canvas. Lombard school of the late 17th-early 18th century. The rich composition offers a large bouquet of colorful flowers in an embossed vase, next to a bowl full of porcini mushrooms and a bunch of grapes: with different intensities of color, the various naturalistic elements emerge from the completely dark background, creating effects of lights and shadows. Restored and relined, the painting is presented in an early 20th century frame.
Oil on canvas. The Immaculate Conception is a Catholic dogma, proclaimed by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854, which states that the Virgin Mary was preserved immune from original sin from the first moment of her conception. The historical path that led to its definition lasted for at least four centuries, during which furious theological disputes were intertwined, especially between Franciscans and Dominicans. The theme of the Immaculate Conception began to appear in art since the debate was heated, Initially the theme was approached by Gothic artists in a cryptic way, referring to the viewer the conclusion, perhaps putting a series of symbols and metaphors easily decodable. In the fifteenth century the works of art became more evident, but it is from the seventeenth century, with the Counter-Reformation, that the most famous iconographic image of this dogma was established. The essential characters are those of the woman of the Apocalypse: an ever-young woman - because she was chosen and conceived before all humanity - clothed in the sun (the light that radiates from behind), crowned by twelve stars surmounted by an apotheosis of cherubim, Who rests her feet on a crescent moon and often, as in this depiction, crushing the head of the defeated apocalyptic dragon; She has her eyes turned to heaven, in a contemplative attitude, her hands often joined in prayer, other times wide open and stretches upwards in a gesture of momentum. The pictorial production of this subject became very wide and extremely varied, in the wake of the disputes that concerned it. Similar productions to the one proposed here are found, at the end of the '500, above all between Lombardy and Genoa. As an example from Lombardy can be cited Stefano Maria Legnani, called the Legnanino (1660-1715). In the Ligurian context, in particular in Genoa, where the image of the Immaculate Conception had an extraordinary diffusion from the end of the sixteenth century to the whole Baroque age, becoming the central theme through paintings and sculptures in the decorative programs of the city buildings, this subject is very close to the one proposed, in the production of Paolo Gerolamo Piola (1666-1724). The painting in question had been restored and displayed in a revival frame.
Oil painting on canvas. Northern Italian school of the early 18th century. The scene tells an episode in the love story between the queen of Egypt and the Roman triumvir Antonio: Cleopatra, to demonstrate her wealth and seduce the handsome general, prepares a sumptuous banquet, during which she chooses a pearl of inestimable value and he dissolves it in vinegar, then offering the drink, considered a powerful aphrodisiac, to Antonio. This beautiful painting represents the beautiful half-length queen, seductive in the play of nudity covered with precious jewels and draped in rich fabrics, while she is about to immerse a large pearl in a chalice: on her left the face of Antonio who stares at her astonished, fixed in a gesture of the hands that expresses the amazement at being the beneficiary of this extreme act, on the right some handmaids, admired and amazed. The whiteness of Cleopatra's complexion stands out in the center, while the other figures fade into the shadows on the sides, thus the apotheosis of beauty. Restored and relined, the painting is presented in a period frame.
Oil on canvas. Venetian school of the seventeenth-eighteenth century. On the back there is a label from the Di Rosa Art Gallery, which attributes the work to the "Venetian School of 1600". The great scene, rich in figures and very animated in the intertwining and superimposition of the bodies, tells the episode of the Gospel of John in which a woman caught in adultery is brought before Jesus by scribes and Pharisees to find out his opinion about the his sentence to be stoned. Jesus, while writing on the ground with his finger, urges his interlocutors to be merciful with the phrase "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone", thus saving the woman from the death sentence and leaving her free to go, with the exhortation not to sin anymore. The subject has been extensively re-proposed in art, with different views on the characters. In this painting, the woman is in a central position, but all the other characters around her make the gaze converge downwards, towards the hand with which Jesus, crouched, is writing on the ground; both the face and the right arm of the woman are practically parallel to those of Christ, as if they followed and conformed to the direction that Jesus indicates to her. In the other numerous figures curiosity dominates, the intent to understand, the question that Jesus raises with his question, represented in multiple expressive variants of both faces and bodies; curious is the detail of the lenses - the glasses of the priest whose head comes out behind the woman and the magnifying glass of the crouched figure on the left in the background - which two figures use to "see better" what is happening. The pictorial and interpretative modalities of the painting recall the Venetian production close to Girolamo Brusaferro (1677 - 1745), the Venetian artist whose painting represents the median way between the great tradition of late Baroque painting similar to Luca Giordano and the innovative coloristic sensitivity typical of eighteenth-century grace. Restored and relined, the painting is presented in a coeval frame, in carved, stuccoed and lacquered wood.
Oil on canvas. Northern Italian school of the 17th-18th century. On the back this label of the Art Gallery with the indication "Venetian School of 1600". The Gospel episode of the deposition of Christ from the Cross is depicted. The body of Jesus, which stands out white for the pallor of death but also as a symbol of his purity, stands out in the center among the other figures, the only one inert among the other characters. His arms still open while he is detached from the Cross, constitute a link between the two figures of Mary and John standing below him, and the sky. Around several figures that chorally create movement, intertwining, shapes and colors. The restored and relined work is presented in a coeval frame, in carved, stuccoed and lacquered wood.
Oil on canvas. The two large canvases present the figures of two Greek divinities, Venus and Mercury, painted in the manner of statues inserted in a loggia, in almost monochrome tones to recall marble, and on a dark background. Mercury is recognizable by the staff with the coiled snake, called the Staff of Asclepius, one of the symbols of the god; Venus is traditionally depicted in a pose that flaunts her nudity, that is, her beauty. The two panels are conceived as complementary parts of an interior design. Restored and relined, they are framed in simple wooden strips.
Oil on canvas. Italian school of the seventeenth century. The large scene depicts the Three Fates, or the three deities of Roman mythology, called Moire in Greek mythology, who presided over the destiny of man: the first spun the thread of life, the second dispensed destinies, assigning one to each individual, establishing them even the duration, the third, the inexorable, cut the thread of life at the appointed moment. Their decisions were immutable: not even the gods could change them. Sometimes depicted as three elderly women, others as young, they appear in this painting with female features of various stages of life: in the center the goddess who spins is of adult age, on the right there is a young goddess who decides the length of the thread, or the duration of life, on the left an old woman who is preparing to cut the thread with a pincer. In reality, from this work it is clear how the three divinities worked in symbiosis and how the three tasks were actually shared, because all three together represented Fate, the Destiny of man. The canvas, previously restored and relined, needs further restoration due to small diffuse drops of color and a patina of dirt. It is presented in a contemporary relacquered frame.
Oil on the table. Northern European school of the 17th century. The scene depicts an episode in the life of Scipio narrated by Tito Livio and Valerio Massimo. Publius Cornelius Scipio, later known as Scipio the African, in 209 BC. during the Spanish campaign, after the capture of Cartagena he received as a personal gift a beautiful virgin, who was in the group of hostages. But he, listening to the pleas of his family, respected her by sending her back to her parents and fiancé, with the only recommendation that her betrothed work for peace between Rome and Carthage. In the representation Scipio is in the center, seated on his throne, and turns to the left, to the suppliant parents of the girl, while with a merciful gesture, he indicates to them to take back his daughter, standing on the right, flanked by her boyfriend. All around, soldiers and followers of the king. The scene is full of figures, bright and colorful, and underlines the positivity of the king, a central and powerful character, but capable of meekness and clemency. The restored painting has been reinforced on the back with wooden strips. It is presented in a stylish frame.
Oil on canvas. In the beautiful composition you can see, resting on an inlaid wooden sideboard, a basket full of cherries, some of which are scattered on the top, and a plate full of red currants, mixed with leaves and a few cherry blossoms. A goldfinch rests on the handle of the basket; to frame the composition, on the right a large bouquet of multicolored flowers in a vase, on the left a red curtain. The bright colors of the fruits, the flowers and the curtain stand out, while the support cabinet blends into the dark background, as does the little bird, distinguishable from the dark background only by the white plumage on the wings and the red outline of the eyes. The work is part of the large 17th century Emilian production of this highly decorative type of subject. The painting, restored and relined, has a marked crack and drops of color along the edges.
Oil on canvas. John the Baptist was represented, wrapped in the traditional animal skin, seated on a rock contemplating the crucifix; at the bottom right, a source of water, a baptismal symbol, gushes out of the rock. His traditional iconographic signs then appear, witnesses of his missionary peculiarities, although the pose of the saint is atypical, more contemplative than that of a preacher. The pictorial modalities are close to the Spanish school of derivation to Murillo, the greatest Spanish artist of the religious baroque, who permeated his figures with an intense psychological interpretation. The painting, restored and relined, is presented in an ancient coeval frame, with small shortcomings.
An elegant porcelein centerpiece manufactured by Nanni Valentini in the late 1960s, with dark green decorations. Under the basement the manufacturer's trademark and a paper label are present. 'Arcore Ceramica' was founded in 1967 by Marco and Tina Terenzi, wife of the sculptor and ceramist Nanni Valentini. The object is coming from an important private collection in Milan.