Antique Italian oil on canvas landscape with ruins, characters, and herds dating back to late 18th century, with original antique wooden frame, depicting two resting shepherds closed to ruins, a column with bas-relief decoration. Cows, goats and sheeps crowd this Neoclassical landscape. Architectural elements in the foreground on the right side of the landscape.
74 x 100 cm is the internal size, of canvas only, unframed.
This antique artwork comes from a private collection of Milan, has been restored at the end of 20th century, lined with a new frame and sketcher and is now in good age related condition.
African Ethiopian painting imported to Italy by a diplomat during the Italian occupation of Ethiopia, in the late 1930s. This tribal folk art painting depicts a battle scene and the canvas is mounted on a parallelogram-shaped frame.
It is a large battle painting centered by the huts of a village. Two large ranks of soldiers face each other armed with sabers and bayonets in addition to the presence of heavy artillery, commanded by dignitaries on horseback.
In the canvas there are captions in the Amharic language among which we can decipher the only... fitewrari habteghiorghis.... probably referring to Habte Giyorgis the Ethiopian prime minister from 1909 to 1927 (the year of his death).
Listed measurements below refer to the height and the max width from left upper edge to the lower edge on the right side.
Dates back to the late 1930s. The canvas shows minimal tears and signs of wear but we can customize a restoration.
The human figures are characterized by unrealistic proportions of the head and body and depicted in static positions. This sense of fixity makes this battle painting easily intelligible and suggestive.
A particularly fascinating aspect of Ethiopian art was its adherence to the expression of an objective truth, independent of time and space. The figures are represented in what are considered their true immutable form. At the height of its stylistic perfection, Ethiopian art gave up the illusion of volume, depth and perspective.
Baroque Capriccio with Ruins and Figures, Early 18th Century Italian oil on canvas painting, circle of Alessandro Magnasco, il Lissandrino, in good age related condition. The composition of the work focuses mainly on the ruins, observed by the Roman knight observing two beggars sitting on the rubble as to emphasize the decadence of the classical world.
The painting has been lined and reported on a new frame. Has been restored and has some painting additions. It comes from a Lombard private collection, set within a later 19th century French plaster frame.