Allegory of the Liberal Arts Giandomenico Cignaroli
Allegory of the Liberal Arts Giandomenico Cignaroli
Allegory of the Liberal Arts Giandomenico Cignaroli
Allegory of the Liberal Arts Giandomenico Cignaroli
Allegory of the Liberal Arts Giandomenico Cignaroli
Allegory of the Liberal Arts Giandomenico Cignaroli
Allegory of the Liberal Arts Giandomenico Cignaroli
Allegory of the Liberal Arts Giandomenico Cignaroli
Allegory of the Liberal Arts Giandomenico Cignaroli
Allegory of the Liberal Arts Giandomenico Cignaroli

Allegory of the Liberal Arts Giandomenico Cignaroli

c. 1780 to c. 1790 Italy

Offered by Riccardo Moneghini

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Painting oil on canvas with dimensions of 68 x 92 cm without frame and 88 x 112 cm with frame depicting the allegory of liberal arts with geometry, geography and mathematics with Apollo and his scepter to watch over a group of cherubs and a cornucopia full of gifts of the painter Giandomenico Cignaroli (Verona 1722 - 1793).

The painting in question is counted among those depictions that ensured Italian and European fame at Cignaroli. For the courts of Northern Italy such as Milan, Crema, Brescia and Mantua and abroad like Dresden, Vienna, the painter performed numerous studies of characters and character putti that excited the public both for their sentimentality and for their painting skills. Thanks to the delicate colorism and sensible qualities of observation, the painter describes human passions in these portraits.

The composition is very versatile and intelligently calibrated in the colors especially in those continuous contrasts between the very clear and slightly darker parts, where the artist's extraordinary versatility is evident thanks to a classic education due to the study of the great masters through the copy of plaster models and prints, both thanks to an unbridled passion for music that made everything faster, more colorful and more ethereal.

The subject of the canvas is a deity represented in a pleasant, simple and free way that controls the putti dedicated to the liberal arts with a dreamy air, being protected and characterized by their attributes, precious because of a memory or an anecdote, dispersing their mind in a world that is almost Arcadian and in any case very far from reality where we immediately perceive the overflowing personality of Cignaroli given the strong color impact on the canvas through a clear preference for drawing where both the richness of details and a very methodical and rational arrangement of each individual emerge character or object; these two canvases show us how the painter has made his own the luminism typical of those great Venetian artists who got to know in Italy in Venice in the 50s and 60s of the eighteenth century.

This composition, probably painted in the 80s and 90s of the eighteenth century having been made in the mature period of the painter's artistic career, or at the moment when Giandomenico was able to carefully dose all the good things he knew in his various Grand Tours in the courts most important in Europe, it is of very fine quality.

It is a painting of the full maturity of the painter in which he pours the scenographic capacity of mythological paintings to build the skilful orchestration of the two blocks of the scene, separated by the landscape view that opens the space on the bottom; the clear and harmonized color range on the red is highlighted by the light that, in a beam, hits the foreground from the left. Thus the naturalistic reminiscences, mediated by the local Caravaggeschi, of the Verona period, and the classicism so insistent in mythological works seems to fade away to a sweeter and more domestic monumentality.

Giandomenico Cignaroli elaborates a very personal painting in which great importance assumes the plastic and graphic values. His fame is linked above all to numerous mythological thematic paintings, of which the paintings presented here represent one of the most representative examples, "the tendency towards postcaravagistic naturalism and evasion in a classical and mythological world are harmonized.

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Mr. Riccardo Moneghini
Old Master Paintings Expert - Art Historian
great state of conservation
Verona, private collection
Dimensions
Height 68.00 cm (26.77 inches)
Width 92.00 cm (36.22 inches)
External Height 88.00 cm (34.65 inches)
External Width 112.00 cm (44.09 inches)
Stock Code
33
Medium
oil on canvas
Riccardo Moneghini

Riccardo Moneghini
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