"Portrait Of Pope Clement XIV, Roman Painter From The 18th Century (attr. Giovanni Domenico Porta)"Portrait of Pope Clement XIV Ganganelli
Roman painter of the eighteenth century (around 1769 - 1774)
Probable attribution: Giovanni Domenico Porta (Bonetto di San Maurizio d'Opaglio 1722 - Rome 1780)
Oil painting on canvas
Dimensions: canvas cm. 98 x 73, frame cm. 110 x 85
The work in question depicts the effigy of Pope Clement XIV (Santarcangelo di Romagna 1705 - Rome 1774), who ascended the papal throne in 1769, and remembered for his meritorious attempts to reduce the tax burden of his subjects and to reform the public administration of the Papal States, as well as its favorable attitude towards the development of the liberal arts and the spread of culture, of which the Pio-Clementino museum is still witness today.
Magnificent the flashes of light of the golds, made with skill, which, highlighting sharp details from the red velvet dress, act as a counterpoint to the physiognomy of the pontiff, rendered with great technical skill and intensity.
He is depicted in light three-quarters on a neutral background with a blessing gesture, as in the canonical iconography institutionalized by his will by Giovanni Domenico Porta, also an official portrait painter of popes Clement XIII and Pius VI.
The work reproduces the characters of his portraits: the image proposes a scenic module repeatedly used by the painter, for example the version kept in Urbino at the convent of the conventual Franciscans, or that of the Galleria Apolloni in Rome, works that compared to this in examination they present slight variations in the pose of the hands and the scenic backdrop.
He was a refined portraitist, as well as a sensitive interpreter of religious themes: the attention to chiaroscuro variations and the accuracy and refinement in the rendering of the material details of the clothes and the drapery, whose laces and gilding were made with neglected skill in clear contrast with the fineness of the portrait, investigated psychologically. All elements that differentiate it from the plethora of portraitists who worked by copying from a single model, "parade", intended to embellish the ecclesiastical environments and public buildings of the Papal States.
The painting is in excellent condition, perfectly restored, accompanied by a pleasant golden frame.
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