"Fantastic View On A Mediterranean Port, Horace Grevenbroeck (rome 1670 - Paris 1743)"Painter active in Naples between the 17th and 18th centuries
School of Horace Grevenbroeck (Rome 1670 - Paris 1743)
Fantastic view of a Mediterranean port
oil on canvas, (cm): 64 x 92
with frame 96 x 124
The beautiful painting proposed, depicting a fantasy coastal view, shows a fascinating port city, dotted with numerous buildings, stylistically reminiscent of Venetian Gothic, from which stand tall towers. On the right, close to the mooring of the boats, the author has inserted the colonnade of a classical temple. Overall, the work, which enunciates stylistic features of Flemish matrix tempered by elements drawn from Italian landscape painting, therefore suggests its authorship to a North European artist active in Italy between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
The canvas, which reports an old attribution to Adriaen van der Kabel, in our opinion would instead have very strong stylistic-compositional affinities with the Dutch landscape painter Orazio Grevenbroeck, a little-known figure and still largely to be investigated, like almost all the members of this family divided between Holland, France and Italy.
Originating from a family of artists of Dutch origin, already active since the mid-seventeenth century in Italy, Horace was born in Rome, where he began his pictorial training. He moved to Naples soon, inaugurating, with Gaspar Butler and Tommaso Ruiz, the Neapolitan landscape painting: his works present a brightly colored rococo flavor and a light touch, which recognizes the Nordic ancestry of the formation.
Although it may have been inspired by the coast of Naples, the composition is undoubtedly the result of a fantasy work by the author, who delighted in freely associating divergent and uneven architectural elements in the same space, in order to create a landscape ideal and courtly, of great charm.
Grevenbroeck was a great interpreter of these idealized scenarios: widely known for his coastal landscapes, in which classical architecture or ancient ruins dominate, in contrast with the small human figures that emphasize the majesty of the surrounding scenography.
The painting is in fairly good condition, and is completed by a beautiful gilded wooden frame.
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