Lot 42
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Giacomo Legi

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 USD
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30,000 USD
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Description

  • Giacomo Legi
  • A kitchen interior, with fruit, vegetables, fish, chickens and other food on a table, a cat pawing at the fish lower left
  • oil on canvas
  • 37 7/8  by 53 7/8 in.; 96 by 137 cm.

Provenance

With Paolo Sapori, Spoleto.

Exhibited

Turin, Fondazione Accorsi, L'incantesimo dei sensi: una collezione di nature morte del Seicento per il Museo Accorsi, 30 November 2005 - 1 May 2006, no. 20.

Literature

A. Orlando, "Un fiammingo a Genova: documenti figurativi per Giacomo Legi," in Paragone, vol. 4, November 1995, p. 73, reproduced plate 65;
A. Orlando, "I fiamminghi e la nascita della natura morta a Genova. O del trionfo dell'Abbondanza," in P. Boccardo and C. Di Fabio, Pittura fiamminga in Ligura Secoli XIV-XVII, Cinisello Balsamo 1997, pp. 264-267;
A. Orlando, Anton Maria Vassallo, Genoa 1999, p. 44, reproduced p. 47, fig. 65;
A. Orlando in in G. Godi, Fasto e rigore: La Nature Morta nell'Italia settentrionale dal XVI al XVIII secolo, Milan 2000, p. 109, cat. no. 15, reproduced;
A. Cottino, L'Incantesimo dei sensi: Una collezione di nature morte del Seicento per il Museo Accorsi, exhibition catalogue, Turin 2005, pp. 82-83, 111-112, cat. no. 20, reproduced p. 83.

Catalogue Note

A rare painting by Legi in which no human figure is present, this impressive painting does not completely omit a narrative element: a cat enters the scene at lower left, surveying the bounty of food set on the crowded tables and pawing at the fish.  The tension of the cat brings an otherwise still pantry scene to life, though Legi's remarkable ability to depict the various textures and weights of the seafood, fruit, vegetables, and poultry piled into the intricate composition should not be overlooked. 
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