Bartolomeo Torreggiani (Naples, ? – Rome, 1675?)
Landscape with figures
Oil on canvas.
Very little has come down to us in the biography and works of Torreggiani, which the sources claim was a pupil of Salvator Rosa, thanks to whom he assumes the nickname “del Rosa”. We know him today as a painter perhaps originally from Naples and dedicated to landscape painting; but the works that have come down to us are not sufficient to outline a complete corpus of his production.
Therefore it is rather difficult to date this small, but fascinating painting: in a river landscape, some characters just sketched are immersed in a rather wild nature, rendered by quick brushstrokes, not attentive to the realism of the representation and to detail. The chromatism is intense, but not dark, as if to demonstrate a state of restlessness of the artist at the moment of the creation of the work.
- Salerno, ‘Landscape painters of the seventeenth century in Rome’, Milan 1977-78, II p. 656 n.111
Our reference: A03738