Giuseppe SANTI - 1761 - 1825
Adoration of the Arts
Bolognese School

Pen and brown ink, brown wash

55.8 x 41.0 cm

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Luigi Grassi (Lugt.4465) (1913-1994)



Giuseppe Santi, born in Bologna in 1761, was together with Felice Giani a pupil of Gaetano Gandolfi and later of Filippo Pedrini. His first independent known work are the decorations in Palazzo Zambeccari in Bologna, and then in 1793 in the Church of Sant'Agnese in Ferrara. By 1797, Giuseppe Santi was permanently settled in Ferrara, where he came in contact with the visiting French and Venetian artists, with whom he collaborated on such projects as the Sala Comunale, the Biblioteca Ariostea and Palazzo Bevilaqua Massari. In 1800 he was nominated as professor of painting in the local Accademia di Belle Arti, where he had such pupils as Giovanni Migliara and Gaetano Domenichini. Giuseppe Santi died in Ferrara in 1825.

The present drawing shows the strong influence of his teacher, Gaetano Gandolfi, but has already signs of the beginnings of Neoclassicism. Very recognizable in the drawings of Giuseppe Santi are the elongated female necks. Comparative drawings by Giuseppe Santi are the "Susan with the Elders" in the Museo Poldi Pezzoli in Milan (, the two sheets which were with Finarte-Semenzato in May of 2003, "The Allegory of Painting and Sculpture" and "Muzio Scevola before Porsenna", the "Holy Family" formerly with Christie's in London in October of 2004, the "Adoration of the Shepherds" in the Schloss Fachsenfeld Collection ( where incorrectly as Ubaldo Gandolfi, and the paintings "Mars and Venus" and "Venus and Cupid" which were with Porro in November of 2005. Also useful comparisons are the paintings and drawings by Giuseppe Santi which were published by Prof.ssa Donatella Biagi Maino in 1992 in "Ricerche di Storia dell'arte" , "La Pitture a Bologna tra Accademia e Neoclassicismo : il caso Giuseppe Santi".

The attribution to Giuseppe Santi has been made by Prof.ssa Donatella Biagi Maino of Bologna in a written communication dated February 2014, after having seen the present drawing in the original.


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