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18th century Italian Old Master painting - An Owl with its prey

18th century Italian Old Master painting - An Owl with its prey

€12,500.00Price

18th century Italian Old Master painting

 

This arresting painting depicts an owl with his prey, it is truly exquisite and captivating work of art. The owl has been painted majestically, looking the spectator straight in the eye, as if one just walked into this scenery. The painting is of excellent quality.

 

Giorgio Duranti (1683 – 5 November 1768) was an Italian painter and cleric of the Baroque period, mainly active in Brescia, where he was born. An entry in Dandolo's study of the late Venetian Republic states a 1755 as year of death, and that many of his works were in the Royal Gallery of Turin, which was the nucleus of the Sabauda Gallery.

 

Duranti was also an abbot, count and knight. He studied sciences and music; he was known as an excellent player of the violoncello. He specialized in still life paintings of flowers. Many of those, he donated to the church of Palazzolo sull'Oglio who sold to the royal court of Spain. His brother Faustino (1606–1766), who became abbot after his brother's death, was also a painter specializing mainly in miniature portraits. 

 

Works by Duranti can be found in several museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Fondazione Brescia Musei.

 

We would like to thank Dr. Fred Meijer for suggesting the possible attribution to Giorgio Duranti.

 

The oil on canvas measures ca: 37*27cms 

With the frame ca: 51*40cms

 

Provenance: Private collection UK

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