Probably Rome. Second Half Of The Seventeenth Century.


Framed: Width: 84 1/2" (215 cm); Height: 66" (168 cm). Sight Size: Width: 72 1/2" (185 cm); Height: 53 1/2" (136 cm).

Oil on canvas. One painting depicting a baroque interior furnished with a variety of objects including tapestries, musical and scientific instruments, a chess board and a parrot. The other depicting a table covered and surrounded by billowing damask, and set with numerous objet d’art including chargers, ewers, a mirror and a clock.

This highly interesting pair of Italian late-Renaissance paintings was executed by an artist working in a specific mode of still life painting in the early 17th century devoted to the presentation of sumptuous objects and realistically rendered textiles in an interior setting. “Rome was the epicenter for producing this typology of still-life,”1 and the ‘artistic patriarch’ of this group of painters, known as Fioravanti (fl. ca. 1650), excelled at rendering rich draperies, vases, fruit, flowers and musical instruments. A compelling possibility for the author of the present painting is Carlo Manieri (fl. 1662-1700), who almost certainly passed through Fioravanti’s workshop.2

Despite the large number of works by or attributed to Manieri, very little is known about the artist. He originally came from Taranto, but settled in Rome where he was admitted to the Congregazione dei Virtuosi at the Pantheon in 1662. His name appears in noble Roman collections, such as the Colonna and Gonzaga family inventories. Compositionally, Manieri’s Richly Decorated Interior with the Banner of the Papal States, dating from the mid-17th century, is comparable to the present painting (figure 1). In the foreground, objects and fabrics are arranged predominantly to the left and right, while a flag lays diagonally at the center. There is also a guitar whose neck extends out almost directly toward the viewer, similar to the present painting. Although the main focus is on the diverse objects of the foreground, Manieri combines this with a deep perspective that incorporates architectural elements of the room they are in.

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