Fedele FISCHETTI - 1732 - 1789
King David with Angels in the Clouds
Neapolitan School

Black chalk

33.1 X 28.5 cm

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Fedele Fischetti was born in Naples in 1732, where he received a modest training from the painter, Gennaro Borrelli. His main studies were completed during his stay in Rome. His first works show the influence of De Mura and Bonito. After 1770 his style shifts in the direction of the minor baroque, the barocchetto. During this time he received several large commissions for the fresco decorations of churches and palaces in Naples under the direction of such architects in vogue as Fuga, Gioffredo and Vanvitelli. He studies under Paolo de Matteis where he is influenced by the Classicism and his works change towards the manner of Solimena. His main productions are the decorations for Palazzo Maddaloni and Palazzo Casacalenda in 1770, the Villa Campolieto in Herculanum and certain pieces of Palais Royal de Caserte in 1772 and Palazzo Doria d'Angri in 1784 and Palazzo Cellammare in about 1789. Fedele Fischetti deid in his native city in 1789.

The graphic oeuvre of Fedele Fischetti is still very small when compared to his contemporary Neapolitan artists and therefore the present drawing is an important addition to his known works. An important comparison is the black chalk drawing of “Apollo on his Chariot” in the Società Napolitana di Storia Patria in Naples (inv.10883) which also carries the same signature as the present drawing. Another Comparison is the “Half Kneeling Male Nude” kept in the Smithsonian American Art Museum ( The present drawing is obviously intended as a preparatory study for a pendentive to be located high, probably just below the cupola, as the figures show the forshorting by the artist.

Provenance :
Unidentified Collector’s Mark CF in an oval 

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