Portrait Of A Noble With A Small Dog, Domenico Parodi (genoa, 1672 - 1742), Attr. flag

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"Portrait Of A Noble With A Small Dog, Domenico Parodi (genoa, 1672 - 1742), Attr."
Domenico Parodi (Genoa, 1672 - 1742), attr.
Portrait of a noblewoman with a little dog

Oil on oval canvas

cm. 100 x 75
coeval frame in gilded wood cm. 120 x 95


The painting in question is a major work attributable to Domenico Parodi, one of the best Italian portrait painters between the end of the seventeenth century and the first half of the eighteenth century; the author sets his art according to the most usual French models, fully returning to the genre of the ''French'' portrait, inaugurated by Hyacinthe Rigaud at the beginning of the 18th century, known in Genoa thanks to the numerous copies and engravings .

It should in fact be remembered that the intense cultural exchange between Paris and Genoa led the Genoese nobility to nurture a deep admiration for the pictorial taste imported from France, especially between the first and second decade of the eighteenth century, becoming an essential model for authors such as the Parodi.

The spread of French taste in the eighteenth century, primarily through the works of Hyacinthe Rigaud, marked a new evolution in his painting: he acquired the French portraiture code by depicting the nobility with poses and gestures of refined elegance, to which he contributed use of a pictorial palette with silvery tones.

In our case an elegantly dressed gentlewoman is immortalized, with a rich dress according to the typical fashion of the time, sitting on an armchair, while with her right hand she holds a fan and with her left she holds the paw of a small dog.

The canvas (presumably originally as a pendant with the male portrait) may have been made on the occasion of a wedding, elegantly celebrating the role of an exponent of the Genoese aristocracy. The presence of the pet depicted in the arms of a noblewoman had in fact a precise meaning: since the fidelity of the dog is such a well-known characteristic, it at the same time declared the virtues of the lady.

It is a valuable testimony of Domenico Parodi's portrait production, with particular reference to the 1920s of the 18th century, as confirmed by the high quality of the pictorial sign, wisely used to shape figures with a strong celebratory impact and luxurious elegance.

To testify the great influence of Rigaud's models for Parodi's portraiture, we can note the perfect symmetry of our composition with the famous portrait of Princess Susanna Enrichetta, daughter of Charles of Lorraine (https://hyacinthe-rigaud.over-blog.com/hyacinthe-rigaud-et-les-portraits-du-duc-et-de-la-duchesse-de...), executed around 1706 by Hyacinthe Rigaud, preserved in the Newport Mansions.

Finally, the attribution to Domenico Parodi is supported by several comparisons: in particular, the portrait of our lady finds precise correspondence in a portrait by Parodi of a gentlewoman in a blue dress who is in Genoa in Palazzo Doria Tursi:https://www.museidigenova.it/it/ritratto-di-gentildonna-azzurro

The painting is completed by a wooden and gilded frame of the time.

The painting is in excellent condition and is sold complete with a certificate of authenticity in accordance with the law (FIMA).

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Price : 5800 €
Artist : Domenico Parodi (gênes, 1672 - 1742), Attr.
Period:18th century
Style:Louis 16th, Directory
Condition : Très bon état

Material : Huile sur toile
Width : encadré 95 cm.
Height : encadré 120 cm.

Reference : 827515
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