Francesco Capella called Daggiù o Dagiù - inv. 4576

Titolo: 
Saint Luigi Gonzaga
Numero di Inventario: 
4576
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
Religious
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Saint Luigi Gonzaga
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Francesco Capella called Daggiù (1711-1774)
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Bergamo
Lombardia
Lombardy
Italy
Periodo: 
1750
Datazione specifica: 
1758-1760
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Libri correlati: 
Materia e Tecnica: 
oil on canvas
Data di Ingresso: 
1987
Acquisizione: 
Maria Eva Sala
Tipo di acquisizione: 
donation
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Trivulzio Room

The painting shows Saint Luigi Gonzaga (1568–1591), the patron saint of youth. Directed towards a diplomatic career, typical vocation of the Gonzaga family, he preferred entering the Company of Jesus; there he distinguished himself in caring for victims of the plague, but was struck by the same disease and died at just twenty-one.

The canvas shows the young man in adoration before a crucifix. The same subject, with the same composition and executed in a similar pictorial technique can be found in a painting in the church of San Matteo, in Piazza Brembana (district of Moio de’ Calvi), in the Bergamo area. Here, however, compared to our painting, the saint has been portrayed in profile.

The work is by Francesco Capella, Venetian by origin, who was active for many years in the churches and noble houses of his adopted town of Bergamo, where he was favoured in particular by count Giacomo Carrara and the aristocratic Albani family. Dagiù’s pictorial freshness, deriving from his Venetian master Piazzetta, meant he was also much appreciated as a painter of frescoes of lay subjects in the wealthy town houses.

J.S.