DOMENICO GARGIULO, CALLED MICCO SPADARO | AN UNWELCOME ADVANCE
Property from Galleria Porcini, Naples
DOMENICO GARGIULO, CALLED MICCO SPADARO
Naples 1609/10 - 1675 (?)
AN UNWELCOME ADVANCE
signed with monogram lower left: DG
oil on canvas
unframed: 37 x 48 cm.; 14⅝ x 18⅞ in.
framed: 49 x 60.7 cm.; 19¼ x 23⅞ in.
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The canvas is lined, the paint surface is relatively clean and the varnish is clear and even. In raking light some areas of retouching are visible in the base and carved relief of the fountain on the left. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms these and further reveals a horizontal line of retouching which extends from the carved face in the fountain to the foreleg of the bay horse, as well as spot retouchings throughout, and some more concentrated areas of retouching in the tree, in the face of the man with outstretched arms on the left, in the sky above the bay horse, and in the lower half of the right-hand margin. These have all been sensitively executed so that the painting presents well in its current state without a need for further intervention.
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Private collection, France.
"Micco delighted in documenting the less courtly aspects of his surroundings, in much the same way as the group of artists known as the Bamboccianti did in Rome. The note of humour, arguably not seen often enough in Italian baroque painting, is reminiscent of genre scenes from the Low Countries, and reminds us that sometimes paintings can be for nothing more than entertainment."
This unusual and informal scene is typical of Micco Spadaro's interest in depicting quotidian Neapolitan life, in which horses and mules would have been a constant. A similar detail is included in the lower-right corner of the splendid painting showing the busy marketplace in Piazza del Carmine (fig. 1), in the collection of the Fundaciòn Casa Ducal de Medinaceli in Toledo.1
1 B. Daprà, Micco Spadaro, Napoli ai tempi di Masaniello, exh. cat., Naples 2002, pp. 134–35, no. 55, reproduced.