Giovanni Montini, Portrait of a young man as Samson | Portrait d'un jeune homme en Samson
8,000 - 12,000 EUR
Active in Florence circa 1675
Portrait of a young man as Samson
Oil on canvas, octogonal
87,9 x 69,7 cm ; 34⅝ by 27½ in.
Actif à Florence vers 1675
Portrait d'un jeune homme en Samson
Huile sur toile, octogonale
87,9 x 69,7 cm ; 34 5/8 by 27 1/2 in.
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F. Baldassari, La Pittura del Seicento a Firenze, Turin, 2009, pp. 583-584, fig. 342.
Giovanni Montini painted this Samson armed with the jawbone of an ass in a style close to that of his master, Jacopo Vignali (1592-1664), who was himself inspired by his contemporary Guercino (1591-1666) and interested in new post-Caravaggesque ideas. Known as artistic advisor to Giancarlo de' Medici, Montini admired the art of Felice Ficherelli and Simone Pignoni, while never rejecting his master’s influence. This fine portrait of a legendary biblical figure seems to be a work of the artist’s maturity, when he had absorbed several influences, while continuing to paint with the skills he had learnt from Vignali.
Giovanni Montini peint ce Samson armé d’une machoire d’âne dans un style proche de celui de son maître, Jacopo Vignali (1592-1664), lui-même inspiré par son contemporain Guerchin (1591-1666) et sensible aux nouveautés post-caravagesques. Connu comme conseiller artistique de Giancarlo de' Medici, Montini, sans renier son professeur, admire l’art de Felice Ficherelli et Simone Pignoni. Ce beau portrait d’une figure biblique légendaire semble être une œuvre de maturité de l’artiste qui a assimilé plusieurs influences tout en conservant le savoir-faire de son maître.