DelPo

Giacomo Del PO - 1652 - 1726
Allegorical Scene
Neapolitan School

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Black chalk

18.6 X 26.5 cm

Euro : 2200,-

Giacomo del Po, born in Rome in 1652, was the son of the Neapolitan painter Pietro del Po. He is recorded as being the pupil of either Poussin or Domenichino and of Lanfranco. He became a member of the Accademia di San Luca in 1674 and of the Congregazione dei Virtuosi in 1680. After his initial period in Rome, he moved to Naples in 1683 where he was greatly influenced by Luca Giordano. In 1685 he painted the altar piece of Saint Anthony in Sorrento and later worked in Naples in the churches of Santa Teresa, San Domenico Maggiore, Sant Apostoli and in San Michele in Anacapri. Giacomo del Po was also an active fresco painter, most of which have been destroyed, except for the cycle in Palazzo de Matteis. His style can be classified as the typical Neapolitan barocchetto. He died in Naples in 1726.

Comparative black chalk drawings by Giacomo del Po are the “Toilet of Venus” with a verso of “Danae” kept in the Prado Museum in Madrid (inv.no.F.D.2548), and the “Venus and Psyche with the Sleeping Cupid on Mount Olympus” conserved in the Cabinet des Dessins of the Musée du Louvre in Paris (inv.no.18242) and the “Adoration of the Shepherds” with Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts in New York, and “Satan at the Gate of Hell with Sin and Death” in the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.


 

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