Little is known about this imaginative and unconventional artist. Of the known surviving works, his drawings are more numerous than his paintings and the largest collections of his works on paper are housed in the Biblioteca Comunale, Fermo and in the Cooper Union Museum, New York. The key figures that are discussed in terms of his artistic output and influence are Raphael, Tommaso Minardi (1787-1871) and Felice Giani (1758-1853). The styles and artistic theories of the aforementioned artists can all be detected in Duranti's work.
It is difficult to date Duranti's graphic work's, but the present sheet seems to fit with Alessandra Pino's description of the artist's central phase (circa 1830/35-1840) when his drawings are characterised by gigantic figures, and the use of brown and grey wash.1
1. L. Dal Pozzo, Darknesss and Lights - The Art of Duranti, Milan 1977, p. 17
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