Thursday, October 28, 2010

19th Century Italian Paintings

The Love Letter
by Fredericko Andreotti

The Flower Seller by Ludavico Marchelli
The Rustic Concert

A Girl Knitting 1888

Afternoon in the Alps
by Giovanni Segantini

11 Bacio
by Francesco Hayez
A Tender Moment in the Garden
by Andreotti
The Love Letter
by Andreotti

Silvestro Lega - Il canto di uno stornello - 1868
La Madre by Silvestro Lega

Cristiano Banti - Paesana toscana

Portrait of a Young Lady by Eugen von Blass

The Serenade by Federico Andreotti
An Afternoon Tea by Federico Andreotti
Italian Woman Making a Shirt and Her Husband Building a Cradle
by Karl Pavlovich Brulloff


Anonymous said...

Oh, I love these! This is so great your posting art from different countries.

Lydia said...

Of course I tend to look more at the fabrics in these paintings. It is interesting to me that the artists painted the textures to look like silk, linen, and many other fabrics. In one painting, I counted 5 different kinds of fabrics. We tend to think of people in the past as not being as advanced as we are, but in the painting of the blue gown, there is a collar made of something similar to the chiffon you can buy today in fabric stores.

Anonymous said...


All one need do is pick up a decent encyclopedia of fashion and costume to learn the truth about fabric and its history. Indeed, the fineness of Ancient Chinese imperial linens worn by court ladies cannot be replicated even today. I have beautiful handwoven Indian silks with 22 caret gold embroidery worked into the sleeves and garment's tunic hem. This salwar kameez is breathtaking - the silk is luminous and the patterning intricate and divine - produced without a single shred of automation - a gift from a friend who had the garment taylor made for herself some 30 years ago now. Crying shame I cannot fit into it (could have, once, but...

This is the way fine fabrics and garments have been made all around the world for millenia; the fabric producers and taylors seeing themselves as artisans, the craft passed down from generation to generation. This is similar to the beautiful calico and lacework produced in Southern France (a fine subject for a future entry)

I will try and have a picture taken of this ensemble but cannot promise anything in the near-term.

Take a look at the 'Golden Summers' collection catalogue of Australian late 19th century and early 20th century artwork by the likes of Streeton and co that was put together for the exhibition of the same name that ran around 1986 here in Australia) . you will not be disappointed, and I hope you will be able to track down such images for a future international art entry (focusing on the Great South land, perhaps)?

Unknown said...

I agree with you Lady Lydia, I like looking at the fabrics and the fashions of the day, in old paintings. It's kinda fun.
L. Rose

Anonymous said...

These are terrific artworks! I, too, notice the fabric most of all in paintings....& the skill with which the artist can render the look of a given fabric. The best ones really do make it look as though you could reach out to the painting & feel the smoothness of the silk, the warmth & heaviness of velvet, the light & airy qualities of chiffon. Each fold of a dress, & the way the light is represented on it...I've always wished I could paint. I love looking at a master artist's work!


handmade toddler clothes said...

I really like the girl knitting and the girl in the alps.

Anonymous said...

I too love the way the artists paint the texture of the fabrics. The silk and satin look just like the real thing.

A friend's mother used to frequent the textile shows and would restore vintage Victorian costume and dress. She and her husband built a 3000 sq. ft. Victorian reproduction home. The third floor was one big closet in which she had several eras of clothing and accessories from shoes to jewelry.

She would put on fashion shows for different organizations.

When she passed away and her daughter had to close her home I helped her chronicle all the costumes. I was able to touch and see how they were sewn together and what gave them such support.

The fabrics were still in amazing condition and I'm hoping she gave some of them to museums. They were so splendid to touch.
The paintings you show capture the texture beautifully. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy seeing the clothes Italian women used to wear actually less than a hundred years ago. The modern styles did not take over til around the 1920's and even then, some people clung to the elegant Victorian classic clothes.

The Lady of the House said...

I didn't even notice the the last picture. What a nice surprise. I'd love to have that hanging somewhere in the house.

Lydia said...

I keep adding new paintings by 19th century Italiansl. I added the one of the woman holding the baby shirt just recently. I always like seeing how much like us the people of the past really were, with the same concerns about their children and their houses. Many country homes in America are similar to the old country homes