Giuseppe Maria MITELLI - 1634 - 1718
A Man Seated on a Chair with Walking Stick in Hand
Bolognese School

Red chalk

28.5 X 16.2 cm

Euro : 3200,-

Giuseppe Maria Mitelli, born in Bologna in 1634, was the son of the famous quadraturist, Agostino Mitelli. He began his studies with Albani, then with Guercino and later with Cantarini and Torri. Mitelli’s recorded paintings are few and his contribution to Bolognese art was undoubtedly in the field of printmaking, producing some six hundred prints, mainly etchings. Derived in part from popular imagery, they are far more sophisticated than their predecessors and range from broad social satire, through topical political commentary, to wry personal comments. He was named one of the first directors of the Academia Clementina in 1711. Giuseppe Maria Mitelli died in his native city in 1718.

The attribution has been confirmed by Prof. Alessandro Zacchi, Bologna, in a communication dated August 31st, 2006, who dates the present drawing to the last years of the artist’s activity. Almost the entire graphic work of Giuseppe Mitelli is executed in red chalk and most of the drawings served as preparatory studies for etchings representing “Allegories” or “Figures from the Daily Life”. The present drawing probably also served for such a print which has not yet been found or perhaps was never realized. Comparative drawings by the artist are the “Allegorical Figures of Experience and Time” in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York ( dated to 1678, “Chronos Before an Elder Couple” formerly with Gallery Kekko in 2005 and now in the Collection of the Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna, which is dated to 1686, and “A Man Breaking a Statue with a Hammer” formerly with Sotheby’s in 1990.


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