Francesca Volò Smiller, called Vincenzina (Milan, 1657 - 1700) - circle of
Oil on canvas (97 x 72 cm. - in octagonal frame 100 x 84 cm.)
A rich floral composition, arranged with a meditated casualness on two planes at different heights, where the two flower bouquets are gathered in large metal vases; some of the flowers seem to overflow from their seats and descend to the ground, in an ensemble that stands out for its elegant structure, combined with the freshness and brilliance of the colours.
The soft, nuanced way in which the colour is spread and the points of contact with 17th-century Lombard painting allow us to trace the work back to the circle of the Milanese painter Francesca Volò Smiller, known as Vincenzina (Milan, 1657 - 1700), a refined specialist in this genre of painting and an important exponent of the largest and most prolific family of Milanese painters of the 17th century.
The founder of this highly successful 'family enterprise' was her father, the French Italianised Vincenzo Volò, known as Vincenzino dei Fiori (1601-1671), who, in addition to Francesca, also employed her brother Giuseppe Volò (also nicknamed 'Vicenzino') and sister Margherita Volò Caffi in his workshop.
Francesca's painting is characterised by a high quality of execution, for the rendering of the flowers through an intense and heartfelt naturalism, with a prevalence of acidulous and cold colours brightened by touches of deep red and illuminated by the skilful use of white; Francesca arranges cut flowers or flowers arranged in vases outdoors with great compositional freedom, whose shimmering colours (pink, white and yellow are the preferred colours) emerge from the dark background.
The canvas is in a good state of preservation.
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