Giuseppe Bertini - inv. 3507

Titolo: 
Portrait of Marchese Emilio Visconti Venosta
Numero di Inventario: 
3507
Tipologia: 
drawings
Collezione: 

Graphics and Books

Classe iconografica: 
Portrait
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Emilio Visconti Venosta
portrait of a man
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Giuseppe Bertini (1825-1898)
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Milano
Milan
Lombardia
Lombardy
Italy
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
1855 c.
Libri correlati: 
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Tipo di iscrizione: 
signature
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
"Bertini"
Data di Ingresso: 
1973
Acquisizione: 
Margherita Visconti Venosta
Tipo di acquisizione: 
donation
Collocazione riservata: 
Laboratorio restauro
Tipo di collocazione: 
deposit
Collocazione: 
not on display

Datable to about 1855, the drawing shows marchese Emilio Visconti Venosta (Milan 1829-Rome 1914) not yet thirty years old. At that time, he was one of the leading figures in pro-Savoy aristocratic circles in Milan and nourished patriotic aspirations shared by both Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli and the artist Bertini. After the Unification of Italy, he would play an important role in the nation's new institutions, holding the prestigious position of Foreign Affairs Minister from 1863.

The academic skills in this drawing, refined by Bertini during his training at the Brera Academy, lend themselves to a perceptive representation. The young man turns his gaze towards the spectator, self-assured and well aware of his noble and charming youthfulness. Light and sensitive in defining the face, the pencil lines become more decisive in rendering the fashionable hairstyle, the rapid knot of the tie, then thinning out obliquely to the slight hint of dark jacket, which contrasts with the white of the shirt.  Almost the same age as his sitter, Bertini interprets his sure, elegant attitude in the free sophistication of this portrait on paper.

The work was donated to the Museum in 1973 by Margherita Visconti Venosta Pallavicino Mossi, widow of the marchese's son. On the same occasion, various other paintings were bequeathed to the Museum, formerly part of the collection formed by Emilio Visconti Venosta with the help of Giuseppe Bertini.