ATTRIBUTED TO PIETRO CAPELLI | A PAIR OF CAPRICCIO SCENES WITH TEMPLE RUINS AND FIGURES SWIMMING, DRINKING FROM A FOUNTAIN, AND SOCIALIZING
Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD
ATTRIBUTED TO PIETRO CAPELLI
(active in Naples, d. 1734)
A PAIR OF CAPRICCIO SCENES WITH TEMPLE RUINS AND FIGURES SWIMMING, DRINKING FROM A FOUNTAIN, AND SOCIALIZING
oil on canvas
42½ by 38 in.; 108 by 96.5 cm., each
Both paintings are in overall good condition and on lined canvases with stable paint surfaces. The varnish has yellowed slightly on both paintings, but no areas of loss or repair are visible to the naked eye on either surface. The first painting has minor frame abrasion along all four edges. Under UV inspection, the first painting fluoresces unevenly in the sky, possibly due to varnish, and small retouching is visible along the lines of two figures and the arch at left. The varnish of the second painting, under UV inspection, fluoresces unevenly throughout, and very minor retouches are visible on the figure at far left and the woman in pink at center. Offered in matching decoratively carved giltwood frames.
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Pietro Capelli trained under Francesco Solimena and worked in his native Naples in the early 18th century. Mainly a painter of quadrature, he also painted landscapes. Capriccio scenes such as these, which combined architecture with landscape and genre figures, often required artists to collaborate according to their specialties, but the figures in this pair of scenes appear to have been completed by the same hand as the architectural ruins.