"Johann Karl Loth (munich 1632-venice 1698) - The Drinker Or Allegory Of Taste"
Oil on canvas Carved and gilded wood frame with inverted profile, Carlo Maratta model, 17th century style (19th century) Total dimensions with frame: 121 x 98 cm Portrait of a man seen in the middle, the naked torso, a drape covering his left shoulder. His dry, protruding muscles are highlighted by a zenithal light, he carries to his lips a wine flask, already enamored of drink, the wet eye, the painter shows us there perhaps an allegory of taste. Johann Karl Loth had to execute this painting during his Venetian period in the years 1650/1660 it probably arrives from Rome where it is impregnated with the works of Caravaggio, indeed our painting is to be classified in a current known as "Tenebrist" this practice is defined by the use of direct light, which thus produces contrasting effects with the unlit areas that dominate and serve as a background. The shapes stand out through the use of light that creates a new way to represent contours. Tenebrism is one of the characteristics of Caravagism, but this practice, like direct natural light and candlelight, was already used in Italian painting and Northern Europe before Caravaggio. The success achieved by Caravaggio after the completion of all the paintings of Saint-Louis-des-Français (1599-1600) and the price achieved, during his lifetime, by his paintings, led to a massive use of processes, whose tenebrism, observable in his paintings, has aroused a craze among many painters, including those known as caravagesques. Johann Karl Loth may be a pupil of Pietro Liberi. He meets in Venice the Genoese painter Giovan Battista Langetti who will be his pupil and with whom he will collaborate. He founded an important workshop while changing style becoming more classic and Roman inspired. Very nice condition, sold with invoice & certificate