SIMON-MATHURIN LANTARA | A landscape with a farmer and his herd and ruins on a hill, with a distant view of Naples and Mount Vesuvius beyond
Oncy 1729 - 1778 Paris
A LANDSCAPE WITH A FARMER AND HIS HERD AND RUINS ON A HILL, WITH A DISTANT VIEW OF NAPLES AND MOUNT VESUVIUS BEYOND
signed and lower left: S...n / Ma...
oil on canvas
unframed: 25.5 x 32 cm.; 10 x 12⅝ in.
framed: 37 x 43.2 cm.; 14½ x 17 in.
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The canvas is lined and the paint surface is relatively clean with a very slightly discoloured varnish. Some discoloured retouchings are visible scattered in the sky, notably to a horizontal repaired tear which starts along the middle of the right margin and extends for approx. 5 cm. This is confirmed under ultraviolet light, which emphasizes the scattered retouching in the sky, and further reveals fine lines just above the buildings in the distance lower right and to a more concentrated patch in the trees on the right approx. 3 x 3 cm. The varnish over the darker pigments of the main composition fluoresces unevenly making it more difficult to read intervention, however retouching is visible in the lower right and lower left corners. The painting appears to be in overall fairly good condition.
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Private collection, Australia;
Anonymous sale, London, Bonhams Knightsbridge, 17 June 2008, lot 59 (as Italian School, 19th century).
Lantara was a self-taught artist born near Fontainebleu. He is mostly known for landscape paintings and views such as the present work, which carefully depicts the effect of light on the vegetation and on the distant view of the Gulf of Naples.