Giuseppe Molteni - inv. 266

Titolo: 
Portrait of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli as a Child
Numero di Inventario: 
266
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
Portrait
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
portrait of a child
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: 
1917
Acquisizione: 
Camilla Gabba Cavezzali
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Antique Murano Glass Room
10
Codice audioguida: 
142

The small painting portrays the founder of the museum, born in 1822, at nine years old.
The work is in a frame lined with velvet and decorated with the family coat of arms in bronze. It was a pair to a miniature on paper with the portrait of Matilde, Gian Giacomo’s sister, in a similar frame (now in a private collection). The unusual difference between the techniques of the two portraits could be explained by the fact that Gian Giacomos’ face was the study for a larger full-figure portrait, Gian Giacomo as a Boy Playing with Soap Bubbles. Exhibited at Brera in 1831 and today in the Salar Jung Museum of Hyderabad (India), the painting was commissioned from Molteni by Gian Giacomo’s parents, Giuseppe Poldi Pezzoli and Rosina Trivulzio. Molteni was linked to this noble Milanese family by close friendship and had already portrayed the couple in 1829.
The spontaneity of the pose, with the head slightly bowed, is matched by an extraordinary pictorial sophistication in the rendering of the boy’s soft fair hair, the black satin of his gown and the starched linen collar.

L.M.G.
H.G.

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