"Giovan Battista Lama (naples 1673 - 1748), Holy Family With St. John The Baptist ..."Giovan Battista Lama (Naples, 1673 - 1748) Holy Family with San Giovannino, Sant'Anna and San Gioacchino
oil on canvas, 74 x 102 cm
with frame 99 x 127
With attributional expertise Prof. Sestieri, Rome
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The proposed painting is a Neapolitan painter working in the early eighteenth century: the colors are warm, the color range is soft, the brush strokes are safe and precise; the faces take shape and expression so as to be alive, eloquent and luminous. It depicts a Holy Family with Saints Anna and Gioacchino and their little San Giovannino, to whose side is a lamb, its symbol. The Madonna that supports the Child Jesus, the fulcrum of the composition, is balanced by the presence of the other characters, arranged in a concentric way to pay homage to them. The work is ascribed to the Neapolitan Giovan Battista Lama (Naples, 1673 - 1748). The refined and intense but natural grace of the faces and gestures of each character absorbed in the contemplation of the Child, and still the correctness of the design combined with a delicate color tone, present this painting with the familiar familiarity of Naples of the early eighteenth century, typical elements of this master. Although his first pictorial training took place in the workshop of Luca Giordano, the Lama approached in an increasingly direct way to the manner of Paolo de Matteis, so much so that in the past some works have been attributed to the Lama with certainty today. The two painters also had a kinship relationship (having our painter married Nunzia Perrone, in fact De Matteis's sister-in-law), which led them to a long-lasting stylistic proximity. Especially in small-format paintings with mythological or religious subjects, the similarities, both stylistic and compostitive, between the two are marked. Certainly facilitated by this link with de Matteis, Lama had at his time a great success with the public, rewarded with a certain celebrity. He nevertheless managed to earn his own specific and intrinsic recognition, his own creative autonomy also veined with solemn reminiscences. These elements can be clearly seen in the canvas presented here, which can be dated to the second / third decade of the eighteenth century, translated by the painter into an extremely elegant courtly formulation, which undoubtedly shows a solid pictorial quality. The canvas is in excellent condition. Complete with antique frame. Reference bibliography: - N. Spinosa, 'Neapolitan painting of the eighteenth century. From the Baroque to the Rococo ', Naples 1986, I, pp. 93- pp. 138-139 - L. Martino, 'Giovanni Battista Lama, a rococo painter in the Naples of the early eighteenth century', in 'noble Naples', XVIII (1979), pp. 62-72 - D. Pasculli Ferrara, 'Contributions to Giovan Battista Lama and Paolo De Matteis', in 'Napoli Nobilissima', XXI (1982), pp. 41-56
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