NOVELLI. Due lottatori nudi.

EUR 800,00
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EUR 1.500,00 / 1.800,00


NOVELLI. Due lottatori nudi.
Francesco Novelli. Due lottatori nudi.
Fine XVIII – Inizio XIX secolo

Red pastel drawing on octagonal cardboard. 192x130 mm. Placed in pen and glued on a support sheet. Under the drawing, in black pen, the signature "F Novelli". Excellent condition.

Condition Report

Plastic and effective representation, perhaps the preparatory study for a fresco or an engraving, which seems to refer to the ancient masters. Francesco Novelli, 1764-1836, was a poet, painter, engraver and designer of no small skill. Son of the Venetian painter and engraver Pier Antonio Novelli, he practiced a lot in covering the art of the ancient masters such as Mantegna or Guercino. His father said of him that he designed fakes made so well that they would be taken for authentic. He was very successful as an engraver and engraved works by Rembrandt, for Remondini and other illustrious authors and publishers. Novelli engaged in the reproduction of Rembrandt's etchings, which were already part of the old Anton Maria Zanetti collection, thus enhancing the work of the brilliant artist, free from any predetermined form or subject.

wed 10 February 2021
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