Alberto Martini – Portrait of Vittorio Pica

Alberto Martini (Oderzo 1876-Milan 1954) Portrait of Vittorio Pica 1912 Pen and India ink on paper, with traces of light green, blue and brown watercolour, 675 x 535 mm Signed in pen lower left: ALBERTO MARTINI and dated lower right: ROMA. INVERNO 1912; title in pen lower centre: VITTORIO PICA On the back, label: Galleria…

Alberto Martini – Some Words with a Mummy

Alberto Martini (Oderzo 1876-Milan 1954) Some Words with a Mummy 1908 Pen and Indian ink on paper, 354 x 254 mm Signed and dated in pen, on the border, lower left: ALBERTO. MARTINI / 1908 and in pencil beneath to the right: A. Martini; title in pen lower centre: PETITE DISCUSSION AVEC UNE MOMIE; inscription…

Alberto Martini – The Holy Thorns

Alberto Martini (Oderzo 1876-Milan 1954) The Holy Thorns 1897 China pen on paper, affixed to paper support, 158 x 345 mm Signed and dated lower right on title block: AMartini 97; signed, dated and inscribed on the support, lower left to right, in pen: “ALBERTO MARTINI. 1897. | LE SPINE SANTE | “IL POEMA DEL…

Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot – Grenadier à la Grecque

Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot (Lione 1727-Marore (Parma) 1801) Grenadier à la Grecque 1771 Brown watercolored ink pen on paper, 315 x 250 mm, within coeval Parma frame Provenance: Parma, private collection The drawing, preparatory for one of the etching engraved by Benigno Bossi for the famous Mascarade à la Grecque, emblematically testifies to the spread of the…

Giuseppe Bossi – Aeneas wears his arms rushing into the vain defense of Troy, by now fallen

Giuseppe Bossi (Busto Arsizio 1777-Milan 1815)  Aeneas wears his arms rushing into the vain defense of Troy, by now fallen 1795-1800 circa  Pencil, brownish ink pen, grey ink watercolor on paper, 352 x 480 mm On the verso traces of pencil  Provenance: Italy, private collection In dialogue with the models of Canova’s reliefs of Virgilian subjects, during his study sojourn in Rome, the painter-poet verifies the expressive possibilities of the subject of history in relation…

Giovacchino (Rome 1756-1822) e Pietro Belli (1780-1828) – Monument to Maria Christina of Austria, from Canova

Giovacchino (Rome 1756-1822) and Pietro Belli (1780-1828) Monument to Maria Cristina of Austria, from Canova 1815 ca. Carrara statuary marble, black marble, hammered bronze, chiseled and gilded with double gilding, 21.7 x 18.5 x 7 cm Provenance: Italy, private collection This very refined scale reduction of the Monument to Maria Cristina of Austria by Canova, judged by Stendhal to be the most beautiful monument ever built, testifies to the cult of contemporaries for the great sculptor and the collecting taste for precious replicas of his inventions in different techniques, from gilded bronze…

Gaspare Landi – Bianca Milesi

Gaspare Landi (Piacenza 1756-1830) Bianca Milesi 1811-1814 Oil on canvas, 61 x 48.5 cm On the back of the original canvas, apocryphal Appiani initials: “AA” Provenance: Rome, artist’s collection; Rome, Pietr’Antonio Landi, from 1830; Milan, private collection. Bibliography: Mellini 2000, pp. 74, 116, fig. 22; Mellini 2004, p. 45, 58. Identified from an archive photograph…

Jean Syndon-Faurie – Studies of Male Heads

Jean Syndon-Faurie (Caniac-du-Causse 1869 – Paris 1937) Study of a male head  1907 ca. Study of a male head with headpiece 1907 ca. oil on canvas, 48,5 x 43,5 cm, each Provenance: Rome, private collection   The life of the talented painter Jean Syndon-Faurie, who studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris, was awarded…

Carlo Romagnoli – Male portrait

Carlo Romagnoli (Rome 1888 -1965) Male portrait 1913 Oil on canvas, 75.5 x 45 cm Signed upper right: C. Romagnoli-/Rome MCMXIII Provenance: Italy, private collection The portrait of a pre-war Roman high society dandy also becomes the portrait of an era, designating an artist pictorially updated on the international results of Post-impressionism from Joaquìn Sorolla to Anders Zorn. 

Giuseppe Siccardi – Self-portrait

Giuseppe Siccardi (Albino 1883-Bergamo 1956) Self-portrait 1943 Colored pastels on black paper, 650 x 470 mm Bottom right: A mio figlio Fermo/nelle speranze per il suo avvenire di uomo onesto- e ricordi suo padre sempre/ G. Siccardi 1943 (To my son Fermo / in the hopes for his future as an honest man – and…

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