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Attributed to Bartolomeo Torreggiani, called De Rosa
oil on canvas
canvas: 35 7/8 by 52 5/8 in.; 91.1 by 133.7 cm.
framed: 49 1/4 by 66 in.; 125.1 by 167.6 cm.
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Mr. Jack and Mrs. Eileen Feather, California;
Thence by descent to the present owner.


C. Wright, A Catalogue of the 'Old Master Paintings in the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. J.V. Feather at Bridley Manor', Surrey 1974, cat. no. 2 (as Bartolomeo Torreggiani).

Catalogue Note

Bartolomeo Torreggiani was a sophisticated landscape painter thought to have been born in Naples, but moved to Rome at a very young age. In Rome, Torreggiani became a pupil of Salvator Rosa, from whom he borrowed Rosa's wild portrayal of nature, filled with pathos and lyricism. The affinity in style between the master and the student was such that Bartolomeo earned the nickname "del Rosa".

Another artist that inspired Torreggiani was Claude Lorrain, a French painter who worked in Rome during the 17th century. Lorrain became one of the leading landscapist artists in Italy because of his technique, precision, and mastery of light. In a similar manner to Lorrain, Torreggiani also depicted mesmerizing landscapes through his sensible lighting effects that added a sense of atmosphere to his compositions.

The present painting, though from a different angle, can be compared to Lorrain's 'The Port of Genoa, View from the Sea' in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no. 4725). Both works show the mountainous landscape at a distance, enhanced by the shadows cast on them through the fog, and highlight the presence of a lighthouse that appears closer to the viewer. Because of the topographical similarities between the two works, it has been suggested that the present landscape also depicts the Port of Genoa.

A note on the provenance:

Jack and Eileen Feather met and fell in love as teenagers in their home town of Omaha, Nebraska. When they married, days after Jack's 19th birthday, Eileen was working as a bank clerk and Jack was pursuing a degree in English on his way to becoming a teacher. Soon after the birth of their first child, Jack and Eileen moved to California so that Jack could continue his education at UC Berkeley. Shortly thereafter Jack was diagnosed with polio, leaving him bedridden for months. Jack’s recovery efforts kindled an interest in physical fitness and led to his innovating new exercises to help regain strength. Eileen began exercising with Jack, acting as his tireless workout partner, motivator, and collaborator; their pioneering exercises helped him make a full recovery and feeling stronger than ever.

In an effort to allow them to share their knowledge and help people, Jack and Eileen decided to start a business together, and the Eileen Feather Figure Salon was created. Soon, through their talent and determination, the salon grew to become an extremely successful franchise and Eileen herself became an icon of health, beauty and self-made success. When it came to Jack and Eileen enjoying the privileges of their success, they always thought of ways to broaden their horizons through art. Together they started a lovely collection of Old Masters full of historical portraits, mythological allegories, religious scenes, and breathtaking landscapes. Besides their remarkable taste in art, the collection reflects and honors their lifelong partnership.

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