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il Piccio, two sketches of landscapes


GIOVANNI CARNOVALI called IL PICCIO (Montegrino Valtravaglia 1804 – Coltaro di Sissa Parmense 1873) A PAIR OF SKETCHES OF LANDSCAPES
a) Two Figures in a Wide Landscape; black chalk on laid paper, 102 x 153 mm.
b) The Paestum Temples with Figures in foreground; titled and signed at bottom Pesto / Piccio; black chalk on wove paper, 111 x 209 mm.
PROVENANCE: Igino Cerastico (1928-1979).

A student of Giuseppe Diotti, a rigorous neoclassicist, at the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, il Piccio was also influenced by Andrea Appiani. An artist of restless temperament, il Piccio preferred portraiture and landscape painting to historical or sacred subjects, thus breaking away from the academic tradition. He developed a personal style with impressionistic qualities that anticipated the Scapigliatura painters.


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