Painting oil on canvas with dimensions of 49 x 63 without frame and 60 x 74 cm with frame depicting an architectural whim signed down in the center of Mayer F. (Rome 1750 - 1803).
In 1700 Vedutismo was born, a pictorial genre based on the representation of views (hence the name) of both natural landscapes and citizens, which become the absolute protagonists of the paintings. The great fortune and diffusion of the kind is due above all to the new approach that the Grand Tour travelers, starting from the second half of the 18th century, have towards the places visited; in fact they are no longer content with a generic and at times picturesque and idealized memory of the journey, but they look for a visual testimony, as clear and faithful as possible, documentaristic, of the landscape, of the archaeological sites, of the ruins, but also of the people who they live there, and of all the naturalistic scenery (the activity of the volcanoes, the constitution of the rocks, the rich unusual and extraordinary vegetation) in which they are immersed. This is how the painter vedutisti travelers are born, (often hired by the same traveler at home or on the spot, even if sometimes the travelers themselves express their emotions with the figurative language), which in their sketchbook portray the places with quick sketches, usually in pencil , often adding annotations on the date and time of execution, on the places shown, or on the colors to be used, drawings that are then completed during the stages of the journey.
Observing this canvas and its stylistic data, it is worth pointing out that the artistic expression of a singular painter specialized in the views of landscapes and open-air architecture is highlighted. We are facing an artist, the Mayer, who shows that he has well understood the refined Italian and European landscape culture in vogue in the second half of the eighteenth century. It will be useful to remember that the purpose of these enjoyable compositions was usually that of linking the figure with the landscape painting through the scenes of view.
The light pictorial material, the particular shades of blue colors, the colors that are very present in terms of nature and the characters emerging from a neutral hue, the way to highlight, are all characters that refer to the figurative culture of Luigi Mayer, confirmed by the signature present in the painting itself. The painting, in an excellent state of readability, depicts a picturesque scenographically well-arranged view, including a fountain and classical ruins with imposing arches belonging to an ancient building. A noteworthy pictorial quality is shown around the stylistic data of the painting. taste for the view, embellished with warm and balanced hues.
The Mayer succeeded in obtaining wonderful results in his compositions with ruins on which, due to the passing of time, weeds grew and in a singular style of eighteenth-century Arcadia he managed to merge in admirable balance the reminiscences also of the S. Rosa and G. Ghisolfi.
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