FEDELE FISCHETTI | THE TRIUMPH OF LAMBA DORIA
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Washington, D.C.
Naples 1732 - 1792
THE TRIUMPH OF LAMBA DORIA
oil on canvas, within a painted oblong oval
20 by 52 in.; 50.8 by 132.1 cm.
The canvas has a modern relining and is stable on its stretcher. This painting is in overall good condition, and it reads well beneath a slightly dulled varnish. Many of the details of this sketch are still well preserved, such as the standing figures in the central foreground, though some of the more thinly painted areas in the background have lost some definition, for example, in the lower corners and in the flying figure at upper center. Inspection under UV reveals spots of retouching running parallel to all four edges, and some spots to the gold painted framing element within the composition. In the composition, there are only small spots and thin lines of cosmetic retouching and strengthening scattered here and there. Some very thin lines are visible in the upper left corner, in two places in the lower right corner, and two spots about 1/4 inch each in the background above the standing figure in green in the foreground. The thin lines of strengthening visible are concentrated in the darkened shadows, for example in the figures in the lower right corner, in the outstretched arm of the man climbing the statue, and in the flying figures at upper center. The painting is ready to hang as is. Offered in a gilt frame with decorative edges.
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Giorgio Uzielli, New York;
By whose estate sold, New York, Sotheby's, 15 January 1987, lot 68 (as Mariano Salvador Maella);
There acquired by Agnews, London;
From whom acquired, 1991.
N. Spinosa, Pittura napoletana del Settecento dal Rococò al Classicismo, Naples 1987, pp. 102, 137, 140, cat. no. 213, reproduced plate 48 (as Fidele Fischetti).
This lively canvas is a modello by Fedele Fischetti for a ceiling fresco he painted in 1784 for a principal hall in the Palazzo Doria D'Angri in Naples. The Doria, were a prominent feudal family of Genoese origin who produced a long line of military men, among the most prominent being Andrea Doria (1466-1560), a Genoese statesman famously portrayed by Sebastiano del Piombo in circa 15261 as well as his forbearer, the Genoese admiral Lamba Doria (1245-1323), who appears at the center of the present work. In 1270, he defeated the Venetians in battle, and he is shown here standing triumphantly beneath his family's coat of arms held aloft by angels having just returned home to Genoa with Venetian captives. In the distance, beyond the hometown crowd that has welcomed him home with great fanfare, appears the famed lighthouse of La Laterna, one of the most recognizable landmarks in Genoa.
1. Oil on panel, 153 by 107 cm, Doria Pamphilj Gallery, Rome.