LUIGI CONCONI (Milan 1852 - 1917) COUNTRY SCENE WITH THE SEVEN YOUNG WOMEN AND THE THREE YOUNG MEN OF THE DECAMERON
Watercolour, c. 1888; signed LConconi; 307 x 575 mm.
The subject is certainly connected with the series of paintings which Conconi called Tales and Legends, which was intended to compose a polyptych of six paintings. The most famous of them is I Novellieri, recently sold at Sotheby's, Milan. The theme of the reading of the Decameron during the ten days was one of the favorites by the Scapigliatura. See R. Giolli, Luigi Conconi. Architetto e Pittore, Rome and Milan, 1920, pages 54,55, 64-65.
Sotheby's, sale catalogue MI0314, 14 June, 2011, lot. 94