"Portrait Of Bishop Romolo Valenti Di Trevi (trevi 1522-1579), Scipione Pulzone (gaeta, 1544 - Rome, 1598) Atelier De"Scipione Pulzone, known as Il Gaetano (Gaeta, 1544 - Rome, 1598), workshop of
Portrait of the bishop Romolo Valenti of Trevi (Trevi 1522 - 1579)
Second half of the 16th century
oil on canvas, cm. 100 x 74
in frame cm. 117 x 93
The portrayed portrayed in the painting is the bishop Romolo Valenti di Trevi (Trevi 1522 - 1579), a member of one of the most important noble families of Trevi, whose expressive power is wisely highlighted by the compositional cut of three quarters, with the head and the gaze that scrutinizes the observer. The beam of light that reaches the figure laterally makes the volumes of the face stand out.
It is a painting of excellent quality that can be confined to the workshop of the painter Scipione Pulzone known as Gaetano, representing at best a pictorial genre, that of portraiture, in which the master and his pupils excelled.
This attribution is confirmed by the comparison of our painting with a portrait cataloged in the Zeri Photo Library (Link: http://catalogo.fondazionezeri.unibo.it/scheda/opera/31816/Pulzone%20Scipione%2C%20Ritratto%20di%20cardinale%20%28Camillo%20Borghese%3F%29), attributed precisely to Pulzone and which portrays the portrayed (the note would propose Camillo Borghese) with the same characteristics.
The characters drawn by Pulzone are icons of incomparable strength and elegance: noblemen and high ecclesiastical offices lent their features to the eye of the Gaetano artist who was able to capture every meticulous detail with his superb technique. A wealth of photographs, a surprising material attention that follows a certain Flemish-inspired pictorial prototype, in particular by Antonis Mor (Utrecht 1520 - Antwerp 1578), who also worked in Rome.
His portraits are capable of highlighting the characteristic signs of the exercise of power, both in clothing and attributes, and in the expression of the face and pose. Popes, bishops and aristocrats appear to us as figures fully aware of their social status and, although in their static and hieratic nature they may seem cold or impersonal at first glance, they emanate the subtle charm of a "timeless" art.
Documented for the first time in Rome in 1562, Pulzone soon came into contact with the most important aristocratic families in the second half of the sixteenth century, becoming the official portraitist of the nobility and the ecclesiastical leadership of the city. The first to appreciate his skills as a portraitist was Marcantonio II Colonna, the winner of the battle of Lepanto against the Turks (1571). It was he who opened the doors to the great Roman families, which was followed by positions at the Medici in Florence.
The work, like all our objects, is sold with a certificate of photographic authenticity in accordance with the law.
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