Friday, August 12, 2016


Room VIII - Room of paintings for canonizations
“The room houses a large group of paintings executed for the solemn ceremony of beatification and canonization which took place in 1737 in the Basilica of St. John Lateran under Pope Clement XII. This is a unique in Roman collectibles that demonstrates the willingness of Neri Maria Corsini to group paintings in a dedicated room for this specific function and celebrate the role of 'procurator fidei' he played during that ceremony” (Official Website of the Galleria Corsini -
At the center of the room “Fragment of red amber” that may have come from the Baltic Sea
“Ecstasy of S. Caterina de' Ricci” 1737 or 1746 by Agostino Masucci (1691/1758) who also painted “S. Andrea Corsini” 1733/34 copy of an original by Guido Reni which was also copied as a mosaic by Pietro Paul Cristofari in the Corsini Chapel in the Basilica of St. John Lateran
“The staging of the miraculous event highlights a compelling desire to historicize the sacred drama, ahead of French paintings of the second half of the century. (...) (In the S. Andrea Corsini) Masucci reached a high level of extraordinary mimetic virtuosity, but not giving up in his own interpretation of the seventeenth-century model in his absolute clarity of design and cool color tones” (Valerio Da Gai - Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani Treccani)
“Preaching of S. Vincenzo de' Paolis” 1737 by Giacomo Zoboli (1681/1767)
“Vision of S. Caterina Fieschi” by Marco Benefial 1737 (1684/1764)
“Everything is polished, thoughtful and tangible in the sacred appearance. The serious heaviness of Christ walking under the weight of the Cross, trampling his own blood, is opposed to the stylish sophistication of the dress of the woman, an antithesis that perfectly captures the node of the story (the conversion of the frivolous lady from Genoa) outside of any formal flattery, playing only with the obvious concreteness of things shown. A compositional rigor unique in Rome at the time” (Angela Negro)
“Death of S. Giuliana Falconieri” by Pier Leone Ghezzi (1674/1755)
Mosaic with “Portrait of Pope Clement XII Corsini and Cardinal Neri Maria Corsini” about 1731 by Pietro Paolo Cristofari (1685/1743) who in 1727 founded the institution known as Studio del mosaico al Vaticano (Vatican Mosaic Studio) still operating today
“The prototype of the mosaic also executed by Masucci is kept in the Corsiniana Library. With the easy comparison between the two works it is possible to admire the technical capacity of Cristofari, able to reproduce with great fidelity the model even in the colors” (Sivigliano Alloisi)
Some of the Works Kept in Storage
“Portrait of Bernardo Clesio” by Joos Van Cleve (about 1485/1540)
“Portrait of a Man” about 1540 by Pier Francesco Foschi (about 1502/67)
“Hunters” by the Dutch Philips Wouwerman (1619/68)
“St. John and Angels” and “Flight into Egypt” by Carlo Maratta (1625/1713)
“St. Agnes” by the Florentine Carlo Dolci (1616/86)
“Portrait of James III Stuart, pretender to the English throne” by the French Fran├žois De Troy (1679/1752)
“St. Francis resurrects a dead man” by Andrea Sacchi (1599/1661)
“St. Joseph” by Guido Reni (1575/1642)
“Lamentation over the Dead Christ” by Sisto Badalocchio (1585/1645)
“Jupiter sends Mercury to Apollo” maybe by Francesco Albani (1578/1660)
“Nymphs and Satyrs” by Francesco Trevisani (1656/1746)
“Country” by Paolo Anesi (1697/1773)

No comments:

Post a Comment