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Giovanni David, offers to Iside


GIOVANNI DAVID (Cabella Ligure 1743 - Genoa 1790) OFFERS TO ISIDE
Etching, Newcome Schleier - Grasso 155; signed in the plate David Gen.Inv. f. A very good impression of the first state of two, before the aquatint, with margins; a few defects at margins, generally in good condition. To the platemark 132 x 105 mm, the entire sheet measuring 110 x 98 mm.

David studied with Domenico Corvi in Rome in the early 1770’s. He spent some time in Naples and in Venice before returning to Genoa at the end of the 1770’s. There he entered the service of the Genoese count Giacomo Durazzo, a diplomat and collector who was to be his protector and chief patron throughout his career. Although he worked mainly in Genoa, David also spent some time in Venice between 1775 and 1776. Here he produced a large number of prints of allegorical, literary and genre subjects, as well as reproductive etchings after the work of earlier artists. It was also during his brief stay in Venice that David worked as a scene painter at the theatre of La Fenice. Back in Genoa, he received one of his most important secular public commissions, for two lunette paintings for the Sala del Maggior Consiglio of the Palazzo Ducale. David is known to have travelled to France, the Low Countries and England. One of David’s final projects was the design of a catafalque in honour of Carlo III de’ Bourbon, erected in the church of San Lorenzo in 1789, the year before the artist’s death.

price: 700,00 euros

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