The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, September 21, 2019

Galleria Francesca Antonacci Damiano Lapiccirella Fine Art announces TEFAF highlights
Ippolito Caffi (Belluno 1809 - Lissa 1866), The Canal Grande in Venice seen from the Ponte dell'Accademia, with Santa Maria della Salute. Oil on canvas: 47 x 60,9 cm. Signed “ CAFFI “ in the lower right-hand corner

ROME.- Created by the merger of two historic galleries that have been on the market for several generations, the Galleria Francesca Antonacci Damiano Lapiccirella Fine Art, with its prestigious headquarters in a fascinating courtyard in the centre of Rome, is a landmark for enthusiasts of "Grand Tour" paintings as well as drawings and sculptures by European artists from the late eighteenth century and the middle of the nineteenth. It is also a site for true museum-profile exhibitions. The gallery participates in the most prestigious antique shows: TEFAF Maastricht, the Paris Salon du Dessin, the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris, the International Antiques Biennale of Palazzo Corsini in Florence and the International Exhibition of Palazzo Venezia in Rome.

Tireless research, absolute expertise, meticulous documentation, boundless qualitative ambition, international vision and inexhaustible passion are the identikit for which Francesca Antonacci and Damiano Lapiccirella are well known at the highest levels in the art world. With these features, and a series of highly interesting proposals, once again the Galleria takes part in the 2017 edition of TEFAF Maastricht, submitting its proposals in the most exclusive area of the event: painting.

With three annual editions in two continents, TEFAF is considered the world's most important trade fair for art, antiques and design. TEFAF offers international merchants the best platform to showcase museum-quality works to a select audience of collectors and enthusiasts. The 2016 edition of TEFAF Maastricht saw the participation of 275 leading international galleries with 75 thousand visitors from 60 countries.


Ippolito CAFFI (Belluno 1809 - Lissa 1866), The Canal Grande in Venice seen from the Ponte dell'Accademia, with Santa Maria della Salute. Oil on canvas: 47 x 60,9 cm. Signed “ CAFFI “ in the lower right-hand corner

In this sublimely illuminated magical view, the imposing dome of the church of Santa Maria della Salute in Venice emerges from a purple haze dissolving into the morning sun. Daylight diffuses in the midst of rooftops, revealing a glimpse of blue sky and illuminating the green expanse of the Grand Canal. Quietness and tranquillity pervade the scene, depicted with the expert use of typical Caffi colour and light at its peak
One of the greatest Italian landscape painters of the first half of the nineteenth century, Ippolito Caffi was born in Belluno, and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. He travelled throughout Italy and in Greece, Syria, Turkey, and Egypt. His landscapes are permeated with a sense of romantic admiration and wonder.

A poetic example of his talent, this painting demonstrates the capacity of Caffi to transmute changing effects of the atmosphere into painting through his clever use of light and colour, along with the meticulous attention he devotes to architecture, which make him the artistic heir of Canaletto.

JOHANN JAKOB FREY (Basle 1813 - Rome 1865), Nine oil paintings on paper applied to canvas portraying seashores and the Roman countryside.
Johann Jakob Frey, born in Basel, is a painter known in artistic chronicles for his precious eye-catching views and landscapes of Rome and the countryside of central and southern Italy, as well as Egypt and, to a lesser extent, Greece. But the recent discovery of nine of his oil landscape studies on paper adds a valuable element to his art, the history of collecting and European landscape depiction. These intriguing small paintings are in fact intended as instinctive impulsive expressions of the moment, intimate movements of the soul and, as such, not destined to be sold; rather they should be considered as "private" events, so to speak, personal episodes expressed in moments of rapt inspiration: works of such value as to be compared with the highly significant artworks present in the collections of the National Gallery in Washington.

Finally it seems appropriate to recall that this category of paintings by Johann Jakob Frey is extremely rare on the international antiquarian market to the point that over the past two decades very few are remembered and, in any case, never in such large nuclei as in our case.

Federico BELTRÁN MASSÉS (Guaira de la Melena, Cuba 1885 – Barcellona 1949), Lady Michelham, 1920. Oil on canvas, cm 145 x 160. Signed F. Beltran Masses in the lower left-hand corner. Provenance: Property of the artist successively passed onto his heirs. Spain, private collection.
Federico Armando Beltrán Masses was born in Cuba in 1885. In 1905 he sojourned in Madrid, where his first personal exhibition was held in 1909. In 1916 he moved to Paris to direct the National Society of Fine Arts. In 1920 he took part in the Biennale in Venice, with 22 works exhibited in an entire room dedicated to him. He died in Barcelona in 1949 at the age of 64. The painting of Beltrán Masses is located in an initial symbolism that glides, in his most mature production, towards an Art Deco style. Beltrán Masses preferred portraits, which allowed him to achieve success. Among the numerous celebrities he depicted are: kings Alfonso XIII of Spain, George VI of England and Umberto II of Italy, the Shah of Persia, Marchesa Luisa Casati, the Rothschild millionaires and Peugeot, Hollywood icons Rudolph Valentino, Pola Negri , Joan Crawford, Douglas Fairbanks and Gloria Swanson.

The charming woman portrayed in the painting is Aimée Geraldine Bradshaw, Baroness Lady Michelham after her marriage to banker Herbert Stern, First Lord Michelham of Hellingly. Lady Michelham is immortalized sitting on a gondola in a black dress and with a red mask in her hand, a mysterious and sensual element. The realistic description involves not only her character, but also the environment: we catch a glimpse of the Palazzo Ducale in the background behind two gondolas on the canal,. Although undated, the Lady Michelham canvas was probably painted between 1920 and 1923. The work was exhibited for the first time at the Wildenstein Galleries in New York in 1924.

Today's News

March 6, 2017

Asia Week New York announces largest number of exhibitions in the event's history

Rarely seen Renaissance paintings by Venice masters on view at the North Carolina Museum of Art

Theaster Gates presents new body of work in solo exhibition at National Gallery of Art

Piguet Auction House to offer The Givaudan collection: The epitome of French 18th century taste

Israeli experts find 'mystery' Bronze Age dolmen

'What I Loved: Selected Works from the '90s' opens at Regen Projects

Sotheby's to sell Gerald Scarfe collection of political cartoons

"Adios Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950" opens in Houston

Heni Gallery in Soho exhibits a series of 40 graphite-on-paper drawings by Gerhard Richter

Exhibition presents rare coloured sculptures that represent radical moments in Tony Cragg's practice

A Dogon masterpiece to be offered at Christie's Paris

Almine Rech Gallery in Paris opens exhibition of works by Bertrand Lavier

Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents a collection of portrait photographs of sculptors by Anne Purkiss

The Delaware Art Museum exhibits works by British illustrator W. Heath Robinson

Exhibition celebrates the great graphic boom of American prints from 1960 to 1990

New exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art: Buttons and other ornaments

Magazzino Italian Art announces official opening and inaugural presentation in June 2017

Galleria Francesca Antonacci Damiano Lapiccirella Fine Art announces TEFAF highlights

Artworks examine a dramatic shift in how women artists in the 1990s redefined the 'self' in their art practices

Benrubi Gallery opens second solo exhibition of work by Eric Cahan

New series of oil on canvas works by Los Angeles based artist Christian Vincent on view at C24 Gallery

The Hague Museum of Photography opens Mariken Wessels' first ever Dutch museum solo show

Heritage's February Fine & Decorative Art Auction reaches almost $2 million

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announces new Program Manager

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Holocaust 'masterpiece' causes uproar at Venice film festival

2.- To be unveiled at Sotheby's: One of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled

3.- Bender Gallery features paintings by up and coming Chicago artist Michael Hedges

4.- Lévy Gorvy exhibits new and historic works by French master in his centenary year

5.- Artificial Intelligence as good as Mahler? Austrian orchestra performs symphony with twist

6.- Fascinating new exhibition explores enduring artistic bond between Scotland and Italy

7.- Exhibition explores the process of Japanese-style woodblock production

8.- Robert Frank, photographer of America's underbelly, dead at 94

9.- The truth behind the legend of patriot Paul Revere revealed in a new exhibition at New-York Historical Society

10.- Hitler bust found in cellar of French Senate

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful