Imaginary classical ruins vedutas or ‘capprici’ were among Leonardo Coccorante’s (1680-1750) favorite subjects. The extremely detailed landscapes often feature small figures in the foreground, in order to reinforce the size of the architecture. Furthermore, Coccocante’s paintings show influences of Salvator Rosa (1615-1673) and the 17th century ‘Quadraturisti’ [Fictive architectural decoration] in the circle of Viviano Codazzi (c. 1606-1670).
The painting appears in good condition, showing some craquelure and slight pressure marks from the stretcher. The paint surface shows some tiny paint losses. The canvas has been relined. The inspection und UV light reveals numerous minor strokes of retouching throughout the painting. The frame is slightly worn.
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Leonardo Coccorante (1680-1750)
Leonardo Coccorante was born in Naples in 1680. According to De Domenici (1774), he received his artistic training with the Sicilian painter Angelo Maria Costa, one of the most important early 17th century Neapolitan landscape painters. Coccorante received commissions by King Charles of Bourbon and the nobility in Italy and abroad. His paintings show fantastic architecture, landscapes and ruins, which feature a virtuoso lightning. Works by Coccorante can be found in the collections of important museums, including the Louvre, the Museum Grenoble and the Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco in Milan. (cko)