Painting oil on canvas with dimensions of 95 x 86 cm without frame and 115 x 110 cm with a wonderful coeval frame depicting a still life with a carpet, pottery and a cat by the painter Ludovico Stern (Rome 1707 - 1779).
This refined "Floral Still Life" consisting of a central cascade of flowers and a very elegant red carpet where a finely decorated vase is placed on it and fresh fruit of refined workmanship, outlined against the light in the background, expresses an analytical taste with singular typologies mimetic and pictorial, which leads back to an Italianized Nordic matrix, therefore to an Italian master but of first or indirect Nordic extraction.
By focusing a research on these coordinates in the prolific sector of the 'florists' active in Rome in the late eighteenth century, and by noting the prevailing blue-white tone of the luxuriant and fragrant floral groups such as carnations, tulips and roses, we can safely trace the name of' ours author, identifiable in Ludovico Stern (Rome 1709 - 1777).
Roman by birth but son of Ignatius, a Bavarian painter already fervently active in Emilia and Rome, he was able to renew his father's successes, establishing himself as the exponent, emerging in his time, of an illustrious family of Roman artists and architects of Germanic origin who it operated throughout the following century.
A monograph of this refined protagonist of the Roman 'Rococo' has recently been edited by F. Petrucci and DK Marignoli (Ludovico Stern (1709-1777). Rococo painting in Rome, A. & V. Budai Editori, Foligno 2012), the first of which part of the catalog is dedicated to the "still life". But more than his "Vasetti di fiori", a subject repeated several times by Stern junior, it is more appropriate to consider the couple of the most varied composition of the Marquis of Lothian collection of Melbourne Hall as well as floral inserts present in several of his figure paintings, such as the Madonna with Child of the Palacio Ral de La Granja in San Ildefonso, and the exquisite “Portrait of Baron Frans Ludwig von Erthal of the Staatliche Museen in Munich.
It is also worth mentioning that Stern junior, a true specialist as a 'florist', collaborated with relevant floral inserts in Paolo Monadi's decorative series. formerly in the Villa Chigi on the Salaria. Finally, the various floral insertions, including a separate garland, in the paintings executed in Palazzo Borghese, which mark an apex of his entire path in the face of the prestige of the client itself, should be noted.
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