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PROPERTY FROM A BRITISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

Andrea Landini
Italian, 1847-1935
ITALIAN
A GAME OF CHESS
Estimation
30 00050 000
ACCÉDER AU LOT
356

PROPERTY FROM A BRITISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

Andrea Landini
Italian, 1847-1935
ITALIAN
A GAME OF CHESS
Estimation
30 00050 000
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

19th Century Paintings including Spanish Painting and Symbolism & the Poetic Vision

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Andrea Landini
Italian, 1847-1935
1847-1935
ITALIAN
A GAME OF CHESS

Provenance

Presented to J. T. Walmsley in 1922 by the members of the Accrington and District Cotton Spinners and Manufacturers Association; thence by descent to the present owner

Description

Intimate scenes of cardinals and priests have long held a fascination for collectors. Andrea Landini, one of the most popular painters of this genre, is celebrated for his meticulous detail in rendering rich fabrics and his humorous depictions of men of the cloth. The underlying anti-clerical themes appealed to the prevailing political mood of the time, representing noble dignitaries in acts of banality or frivolity. The voyeuristic glimpse of such domestic scenes delighted the nineteenth century audience whose view of the Catholic church was shrouded in secrecy and intrigue. The most successful painters of this genre were masters of innuendo, hinting at underlying truths. Pleasures such as chess, as in the present work, in luxurious surroundings decorated with paintings of a lascivious nature gently poke fun at the pomposity of some members of the Church.

19th Century Paintings including Spanish Painting and Symbolism & the Poetic Vision

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