Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Mauro Gandolfi and Portrait of a Young Girl in Sarafan and Kokoshnik

'Portrait of a Young Girl in Sarafan and Kokoshnik' (1820s) by Mauro Gandolfi;
Museum of Tropinin and His Contemporaries, Moscow

Today I chose a painting of Italian artist Mauro Gandolfi, born on 18 September 1764, son of painter Gaetano Gandolfi. I googled the images of his paintings and I liked this one and Head study of an elderly bearded man. Gandolfi came from a family of artists (his uncle was Ubaldo Gandolfi). The Gandolfi had a period of collective productivity from 1760 till 1820 and produced many paintings and drawings, frescoes and sculptures. Mauro was the eldest of seven children and ran away from home when he was 16 years old to join the French army. He returned to Bologna and studied art. His father was his chief mentor. The decade of the 1790s was Mauro's most productive period on a professional level.

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