Andrea Appiani - inv. 272

Titolo: 
Portrait of Giuseppe Parini
Numero di Inventario: 
272
Tipologia: 
drawings
Collezione: 

Graphics and Books

Classe iconografica: 
Portrait
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Giuseppe Parini
portrait of a man
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Andrea Appiani (1754-1817)
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Milano
Lombardia
Italy
Milan
Lombardy
Libri correlati: 
Periodo: 
1750
Datazione specifica: 
1795-1799
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Data di Ingresso: 
1892
Tipo di acquisizione: 
acquisition
Collocazione riservata: 
Laboratorio restauro
Tipo di collocazione: 
deposit
Collocazione: 
not on display

The great writer, a dominant figure in the Lombard Enlightenment, has been portrayed in profile. The artist has used sharp precise pencil strokes to pick out the details of the sitter's face, the lines around his sunken eyes and mouth, lean in old age.

Appiani portrayed Parini in other two drawings. The poet would appear to be more than sixty years old, thus indicating a date between 1795 and 1799, the year the writer died, for these three portraits. The closeness between the painter and his model, revealed by these drawings, may also depend on the common origin of the two families, both from Bosisio.

In 1892 Giuseppe Bertini, then director of the Museum, bought the drawing for about 200 lire from Cesare Rizzo, attracted not only by the name of the artist but also by the identity of the famous sitter.


[L. P.]
H.G.
 

AC/DC: 
DC