Lot 52
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Giuseppe Bernardino Bison

80,000 - 120,000 USD
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  • Giuseppe Bernardino Bison
  • Palace interior with figures
  • signed or inscribed in two places on the reverse of the panel: Bissoni
  • oil on panel
  • 19 1/2  by 27 1/4  in.; 49.5 by 69.2 cm.


By descent to Countess Adrienne von Rosen Ribbing (born 1908), Sweden (from old handwriting on the reverse of the panel).

Catalogue Note

Bison was born in Palmanova, in Friuli, and his earliest artistic training was in Brescia. By age fourteen he had enrolled at the Venetian Academy where he studied with Costantino Cedini, and the scenic painter Antonio Mauro.  He developed to be a remarkably versatile artist, working in oil, fresco and tempera and in a wide range of genres and subjects.  Bison is best known today as a painter of vedute, following in the grand tradition of Guardi, Marieschi and Canaletto.  However, during his lifetime he was much in demand as a painter of decorative schemes for villas in the Veneto, Treviso and Trieste, and as a theatrical designer.

This painting may relate to Bison’s work in the theater. With its fantastical architecture and costumed figures and dancers, it has the feel of a set design for an opera or some other theatrical production.  Among the theaters Bison is known to have designed for are the Teatro degli Obizzi and Teatro Nuovo in Padua, and the Teatro della Scala in Milan.

We are grateful to Daniele D’Anza, curator of the 2013 Bison exhibition at the Civico Museo Sartorio, Trieste, for endorsing the attribution to Bison on the basis of photographs.