FELICE GIANI (San Sebastiano Curone 1758 - Rome 1823) AN ARMED MAN, SEATED ON A ROCK
Pen and brown ink, inscribed on the mount (Salvator Rosa); 360 x 230 mm.
The drawing is to be dated circa 1790, when Giani was in Rome and is very close, for technique and for the pre-romantic subject, to the Negromante, at the Uffizi, Florence (inv. n. 9896). In Rome Giani was deeply influenced by the Romantic classicism of Johann Heinrich Fuseli and the other Northern artists in his Roman circle, and by their predilection for visionary themes, as the rediscovery of Salvator Rosa as prototype of the romantic artist, rebellious and antisocial, depicted as one of the bandits of his paintings.
It's also interesting to note that this drawing by Giani has been surely inspired by an original drawing by Rosa at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome; see Michael Mahoney, 'The Drawings of Salvator Rosa', New York & London, 1977, no 68.3.