View 1 of Lot 28. ORSOLA MADDALENA CACCIA  | Still life of birds, including a marsh tit, chiffchaff, chaffinch, blue tits, goldrest, lapwing and a great tit.
View 1 of Lot 28. ORSOLA MADDALENA CACCIA  | Still life of birds, including a marsh tit, chiffchaff, chaffinch, blue tits, goldrest, lapwing and a great tit.
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ORSOLA MADDALENA CACCIA | Still life of birds, including a marsh tit, chiffchaff, chaffinch, blue tits, goldrest, lapwing and a great tit

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 GBP

Property from an Italian Private Collection

ORSOLA MADDALENA CACCIA | Still life of birds, including a marsh tit, chiffchaff, chaffinch, blue tits, goldrest, lapwing and a great tit

ORSOLA MADDALENA CACCIA | Still life of birds, including a marsh tit, chiffchaff, chaffinch, blue tits, goldrest, lapwing and a great tit

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 GBP

Lot sold:

212,500

GBP

Property from an Italian Private Collection

ORSOLA MADDALENA CACCIA

Moncalvo 1596 - 1676

STILL LIFE OF BIRDS, INCLUDING A MARSH TIT, CHIFFCHAFF, CHAFFINCH, BLUE TITS, GOLDCREST, LAPWING AND A GREAT TIT


oil on canvas

unframed: 28 x 40.2 cm.; 11 x 15¾ in.

framed: 40.5 x 53.5 cm.; 16 x 21 in.


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Like many of the earliest known female artists of the Renaissance, Orsola Maddalena Caccia was a nun, taking her vows at the Ursuline convent of Bianzè in 1620. Trained by her father, the painter Guglielmo Caccia, Caccia went on to establish a painting studio at the convent in Moncalvo, taking commissions to provide a means of support to the institution.

 

Although still lifes represent only a small proportion of Caccia’s oeuvre, these works, such as this still life depicting birds, insects and flowers, are notable for their exquisite quality and subtle spiritual meaning – her extant paintings are peppered with the feathers of goldfinches, hoopoes and partridges.