"Saint Paul The Apostle, Giovanni Battista Beinaschi (fossano 1634 - Naples 1688)"Giovanni Battista Beinaschi (Fossano c. 1634 - Naples 1688)
Saint Paul the Apostle
Oil on canvas, cm. 72.5 x 58, In frame 88 x 74
Extract from the in-depth study...
The work shows us an intense image of St. Paul the Apostle, portrayed according to the typical iconography that sees him as a mature man armed with a sword, by virtue of his spiritual battle for Christianization, as well as being the symbol of his martyrdom.
By studying the stylistic characteristics of the work and the related compositional details, we can circumscribe the area of attribution to the late-Baroque painter Giovan Battista Beinaschi, whose prolific activity was concentrated above all between Rome, where his training took place, and Naples. Nonetheless, he frequently moved throughout his career between Turin, Parma, perhaps Bologna and Genoa, assimilating varied artistic influences from every place.
If, at first, he showed a propensity for Roman classicism, this influence was soon supplanted by an increasingly pronounced approach to the Baroque cultural front.
Many critics, in particular, frame the personality of Beinaschi in the current of "dark painters" (although active in the second half of the seventeenth century) who opposed both the smoothness of Maratta's Baroque classicism and the exuberance of Pietro da Cortona's triumphant Baroque.
In a certain way his painting is close to the ways of Giacinto Brandi but, first of all, sensitive to the examples of Giovanni Lanfranco, a true model of Beinaschi. This suggestion was added, already with the first stay in Naples, the knowledge of the work of Mattia Preti, from whose spotty, grazing and dramatic luminism was deeply marked.
The main feature of Beinaschi's pictorial style, and which we find in the canvas presented, is the use of very strong contrasts of light and shadows, capable of plastically bringing out the physicality of the Saint, underlined by the luministic action on the warm and intense colors, which Mattia Preti's results place it in constant agreement.
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