"Saint Joseph, Francesco De Mura's Workshop (naples 1696-1782)"Eighteenth-century Neapolitan school
Francesco De Mura (Naples, 1696 - 1782), workshop of
oil on oval canvas, 74 x 96 cm.
with antic frame, 84 x 106 cm.
It is a splendid painting (oil on canvas, 74 x 96 cm.), shows an intense portrait of Saint Joseph, of an age, composition and quality level that could reasonably be compared to the hand of the Neapolitan Francesco de Mura. With his lively colors, De Mura was undoubtedly a prominent figure of the late Baroque and one of the greatest exponents of the Neapolitan school of the eighteenth century.
In 1708, still twelve years old, he began his successful apprenticeship in the workshop of Francesco Solimena, remaining for a long time his favorite and undoubtedly the most talented of his students, as well as the most faithful. During this period he made the first noteworthy works, strongly influenced by the style of the master, such as the Christ crucified with St. John for the church of San Girolamo delle Monache in Mezzocannone (1713 ca). Beginning in the mid-twenties he began to lay the foundations for autonomous development of his own sensibility, a juxtaposition to the aesthetics of a refined rococo taste. He lightened the solemn compositional monumentality taken from the master and gradually brightened and enlivened his palette, already characterized by a strong chiaroscuro contrast. His stay in Turin from 1741 from 1743 and his contacts with the new instances of mid-century Roman classicism led him, even more, to emancipate himself in this direction.
The proposed work, which can be placed chronologically around the middle of the eighteenth century, also finds great similarities in the figures of Solimena, from which the direct attribution is often difficult, given the flourishing activity of his workshop, to which he often continued to collaborate also the De Mura.
The work is still proposed with the canvas of origin, and taking into account this aspect it is presented in very good conditions, with small adjustments scattered on the surface.
Work accompanied by a certificate of authenticity (FIMA - CINOA).
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