Paolo Maria Antoniani (Milan 1745 - Turin 1807)
1) "Coastal view at dawn"
2) "Coastal view at sunset"
Oil painting on canvas
Period around 1780
Canvas size 92 x 55 frame 99 x 62
Excellent state of preservation
Beautiful pair of paintings representing two marine views characterized by coastal coves animated by many characters and boats. The fantastic views are enriched by a series of monuments, fortresses and ruins that stand on the sides of the water bodies. In the background, you can see other sailboats and buildings reflected in the waters of the bay.
Both images, already very spectacular in themselves, are illuminated by a splendid twilight with lightning and chiaroscuro games highlighted by the reflections on the smooth surface of the water.
One of the paintings, which depicts the sunset, presents a radiant sun that disappears into the sea and releases its last rays, coloring the whole scene in pink.
The second painting of the central part depicts a sailboat that detaches from the light and softens the light of the expanse of water illuminated by the rising sun. The reverberation of the marine reflections illuminates the entire coast with a cold, almost lunar light.
The contrast between the two canvases is magnificent with an incredible series of light plays on all the figures, boats and the surrounding landscape.
The works are undoubtedly attributable to the Milanese landscape architect Paolo Maria Antoniani, who worked with great success in the noble palaces of Turin in the 18th century. He was a great interior decorator and the noble families of Piedmont were fighting over his works.
He decorated the Royal Palace of Turin and the Palazzina Stupinigi.
Our two paintings, yet very close to a hesitant couple at Sotheby's in 2006, are a good example of his skills.
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