Attr. to Giacomo Francesco Cipper, known as Todeschini (Feldkirch 1664 – Milan 1736)
Farmer with mousetrapem
Oil on canvas, 94×81 cm.
What we know of Giacomo Francesco Cipper we can deduce, in large part, from the distribution of his works in Italy and in Europe. The studies carried out on the origin of his surname and the qualification of “German” indicate that in all likelihood the painter was a foreigner active in Italy between 1705 and 1736; several works preserved between Bergamo and Brescia qualify him as “Todeschini” and following this attribution they have come down to us.
The artist’s style is influenced by the experience of Fra Galgario and Antonio Cifrondi and the presence of many of his works in Lombardy suggests a possible formation of the artist in these areas.
Todeschini devoted himself throughout his production to the genre subject only, to the ironic and delightful representation of the popular world: his subjects do not want to induce a moralizing reflection on the viewer and are often depicted alone on large-format canvases, in attitudes joking, with expressions almost of a sneer. The existence of multiple copies of this painting is an indication of a great appreciation of the artist’s inventiveness among his clients.
In the total lack of interest in the setting, in the concentration that the painter dedicates to this “mouse hunter” and the details that characterize him, we can see a certain influence given by Spanish painters, such as Velazquez and Murrillo.
Our reference: A05020