"Ancient Painting Of The XVIIth Century"Cod. D 199
Ancient 17th century painting
Our gallery is pleased to present an evocative marina by ANTONIO MARIA MARINI.
"Ships in stormy sea in front of a coast and figures in the foreground"
oil painting on canvas
CANVAS dimensions 73 x 127 cm
SALE, Finarte, Milan, 1975, lot 55
SALE, Finarte Milano, 1979, lot 308 art market, Milan
L. Muti, D. de Sarno Prignano, Antonio Marini: Painter (1668-1725), Rimini 1991, pp. 232-3, fig. 73 (as Antonio Marini);
MS. Proni, Antonio Maria Marini: The complete work, Naples 1992, pp. 152-3, fig. 2.21 (like Marini with a previous attribution to Marco Ricci)
Antonio Maria Marini (Venice, 9 February 1668 - Venice, 15 December 1725)
He was born in Venice to a Paduan father in 1668, but spent his youth in Padua, where he trained as a painter.
Around 1693 he was certainly in Bologna, as testified by Reverend Domenico Mauro Doria Montini. In February 1694, he married Caterina Pirondi in Bologna and at that time exercised his art in the same city and in the surrounding area.
In these years he probably knew Antonio Francesco Peruzzini or at least had the opportunity to see some of his paintings. In fact, Marini's works are strongly influenced by Salvator Rosa's painting, whose suggestions he may have assimilated through the work of Peruzzini.
He carried out some works for Count Zambeccari, today at the National Pinacoteca of Bologna, including two Marine storms and other landscapes: all these paintings denote a pre-romatic sensitivity, characteristic of Rosa.
He moved to Padua around 1700 and came into contact with Sebastiano Ricci, who was working in the Basilica of Santa Giustina.
In 1702 the artist moved to Venice, where in 1707 he married in second marriage with Elisabetta Costadoni. The twenty paintings purchased by Lord Edward Irwin date back to this period of the early eighteenth century and are still found at the Temple Newsam House, an annex to the City Art Gallery in Leeds.
Specialized in the painting of landscapes rendered in a "spectacular" way, Antonio Marini belonged to the Venetian school. He also painted battles (Quadreria Emo Capodilista - Padua).
He used a technique with broad strokes, as can be seen in the painting "Mountains with natural arch and knights" (1710-1720?), An arcadian and imaginative landscape, preserved at the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo . This way of painting is also common to other painters in the Po area, also very different, such as Alessandro Magnasco and Marco Ricci. In fact, a large part of its production was erroneously attributed to Ricci and often also to Magnasco, Rosa and Guardi.
In his works, depth is rendered by the superimposition of planes at different distances, the figures are just outlined with rapid brush strokes, denoting a freedom of writing unthinkable for those times . It was thanks to him that today you can admire the true portrait of Dante at 32 or 33 years old, painted by Giotto around 1298.
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