Giuseppe Molteni - inv. 43

Titolo: 
Portrait of Giuseppe Poldi Pezzoli
Numero di Inventario: 
43
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
Portrait
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Giuseppe Poldi Pezzoli
portrait of a man
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Giuseppe Molteni (1800-1867)
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Milano
Milan
Lombardia
Lombardy
Italy
Periodo: 
1800
Datazione specifica: 
1830 c.
Libri correlati: 
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Data di Ingresso: 
1879
Acquisizione: 
Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Fresco Room
10
Codice audioguida: 
310

Painted in about 1830, this canvas shows Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli’s father, Giuseppe, when he was just over sixty. He had inherited considerable wealth from the two branches of the family, the Poldi of Parma and the Pezzoli d’Albertone of Bergamo, including the noble sixteenth-century palace in the formerly Via del Giardino, now Via Manzoni. In 1819 Giuseppe Poldi Pezzoli married Rosina Trivulzio, whose aristocratic family had since the eighteenth century, one of the most sophisticated art collections in Milan. Giuseppe would in fact never be a real collector: the acquisitions he made for his house were mainly furniture and furnishings, chosen with no special regard for their artistic or antiquarian value.


In this portrait by Giuseppe Molteni, Poldi Pezzoli is depicted in a sober and elegant manner. All the attention is focused on the man, on his serious and pensive gaze, with no reference to the surrounding context. However, his clothes, the armchair – still in the Museum – and his posture betray his upper-class origins. Giuseppe Molteni, a renowned restorer as well as an artist, was famous for his fashionable portraits of the Lombard aristocracy and rich bourgeoisie.
The neo-baroque opulence of the gilt frame contrasts effectively with the restraint of the painting, conferring great importance on the sitter.

 

Masterpiece: 
false
Url Audio: 
http://www.museopoldipezzoli.it/audioguide/en_Ritratto_Giuseppe_Poldi_Pezzoli_G_Molteni.mp3
AC/DC: 
DC