Lombard painter 18th century - inv. 184

Titolo: 
Portrait of Abbot Giovanni Maria Pezzoli
Numero di Inventario: 
184
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
Portrait
Parole chiave soggetto: 
portrait of a man
Giovanni Maria Pezzoli
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Lombard painter of 18th century
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Lombardia
Italy
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Libri correlati: 
Periodo: 
1750
Datazione specifica: 
1775-1800
Tipo di iscrizione: 
inscription
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
"R. AB. JO/MARIA PEZZOLI"
Data di Ingresso: 
1879
Acquisizione: 
Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Library

This is a modest portrait of Abbot Giovanni Maria Pezzoli, one of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli’s ancestors; he was in fact brother of Margherita Pezzoli, the Museum founder’s grandmother. Little is known about the chronological details of the abbot’s life, but we do know that he was dead by 1818 and that he had been a man of letters. He created a large library, mostly of religious works, that Gian Giacomo inherited, and is now part of the Museum. It still has to be established whether important Italian, Latin and Greek works of literature and rare sixteenth-century Aldine editions in the library were or not in the abbot’s collection.
The man’s cloak and black cap are typical ecclesiastical garments worn at the end of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the next. The white lace emerging from the sleeves enlivens the picture and reveals the elevated social standing of the sitter, as does his stately pose with hand tucked into his jacket. Stylistically, the work refers to official portrait painting in Lombardy at the end of the eighteenth century, while the rather rigid and mannered execution and the sitter’s fixed gaze suggest a minor master.

L.G.
 

AC/DC: 
DC