Lot 1136: NOVELLI, called Il MONREALESE, SAINT JOHN, oil on canvas (relined), 134 x 97 cm
November 17, 2012
Cologne, GermanyLive Auction
Description: The importance of Pietro Novelli in the development of South Italian painting, climaxing with the works of Cavallino, Carracciolo, Luca Giordano and Matía Preti, has only recently been acknowledged. Early on in his career Novelli became acquainted with the art of van Dyck who, in 1624, was working in Palermo. The elegance and ease with which his figures moved and the harmony of his compositions were characteristics of van Dyck's work that had a particular influence on Novelli. However, in accordance with the tradition of Sicilian Caravaggism, Novelli used a stronger colour palette. In Naples, this style begins to dominate in the 1630´s through an acquaintance with the work of Ribera. Novelli's main work is that depicting Saint Benedict in the monastery of Montreal, painted in 1635. Right up until his death Novelli maintained his certainty in style; the elegance of his drawing and the harmony of his compositions and palette.
VAT: Margin Scheme
Provenance: Private collection, Spain.
Dimensions: 134 x 97 cm
Artist or Maker: NOVELLI, called Il MONREALESE
Exhibited: SAINT JOHN
Literature: Naples, Castel Sant´Elmo, Chiesa della Certosa di San Martino: Battistello Cartacciolo e il primo naturalismo a Napoli, 9th November 1991 - 19th January 1992.
Medium: oil on canvas (relined)