Margherita CAFFI (Cremona 1647-1710 Mailand)
Still lifes flowers on a stone plinth with roses, anemones, daffodils and tulips
One pair, oils on canvas, 41 x 71.5 cm
In their gilded wood frame
- Private collection Versailles until 2017
Born in Cremone in 1647, the daughter of Francesco Volo, a flower painter active in Milan, and his wife Veronica. Married to Ludovico Caffi, also a flower painter, at Cremona in 1668; they had at least four children. Settled in Piacenza in 1670 and died in Milan at the age of sixty, September 20, 1710.
Although born in Cremona, however, Margherita Caffi mainly worked in Lombardy, refining her training in the workshop of Vincenzo Volò, right where Giuseppe Vicenzino followed his apprenticeship.
She was active in Tuscany, where she lived in the eighties to the seventeenth century under the patronage of Medicean, favored by Vittoria Della Rovere, wife of Ferdinand II (as evidenced by his paintings in the Offices and the Galleria Palatina and the presence of his works in the ancient inventories of the villa of Poggio a Caiano and the Galleria di palazzo Pitti).
His clients included the Archduke of Tyrol and the Kings of Spain. She therefore also remained for a long time in Austria and Spain, leaving traces of her presence in the old inventories of the Royal Palace of Madrid and her works at the Real Academia de San Fernando and the Fundación Santamarca in Madrid.
She spent the last years of her life in Milan, where she gave life to a flourishing school of still life painters, protagonist with her colleague and Milanese friend Vicenzino of the development of Baroque still life in Lombardy, thus renewing the figurative and satisfying repertoire. the taste of Milanese collectors of the late seventeenth century.
Of fine quality and in very good condition, this pair of canvases is an example of Caffi's production probably towards the end of the century: a dating suggested by a thick material.