Oil on canvas. Workshop of Giovanni Paolo Castelli (1659 - 1730).
In front of a copper cauldron overturned on an entablature, and in a tangle of cabbages, artichokes, gherkins, melon and other fruits and vegetables, two guinea pigs steal the food. Small mammals are thought to be responsible for this disorder. In the background, the opening on a twilight sky brings light, the foliage of a distant tree envelops the scene. The faint light that passes over objects, ignites sudden flashes and softens the colors. The sensitivity that emerges from this painting is peculiar to the eighteenth century.
One can perceive in our painting an obvious inflection for the Nordic way with a certain influence of the compositions of Abraham Brueghel.
The work is in a rare Bolognese carved and gilded frame of the 17th century.
Dimensions: 22,44 x 29,50 in. the view - 29,10 x 36,60 in. with the frame.
Giovanni Paolo CASTELLI, lo SPADINO (Rome 1659 - Id. 1730) comes from a family of painters specialized in still lifes, of which he continues the tradition. Active mainly in Rome, its works bear the influence of Abraham Brueghel.
His particular style employs a brilliant palette that brings out the fruit contours meticulously. Giovanni Paolo Castelli was considered one of the most important Roman painters of his time.
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