Felice Rubbiani (Modena, 1677 – San Pancrazio di Freto, 1752)
Pair of still lifes with oval frames
Oil on canvas, 124×90 cm.
This pendant by the Modenese painter Felice Rubbiani, depicting a pair of still lifes with flowers, fruit and animals, is the perfect example that late Baroque painting makes of this genre: although the will has remained to give faith to the natural datum and to describe with precision the truth is, this attention is experienced in its production in a less analytical, lighter way. The squat stone bases are a counterpoint to the rich but delicate cascade of plants that descend downwards. The colors are soft, bright and blend well with the dark landscape of the background.
We do not know much about the painter: his training took place in Bologna under the naturamortista Domenico Bettini, who in turn had been an apprentice of Jacopo Vignali in Florence and of Mario Nuzzi during a short stay in Rome. From this background it is possible to deduce the influences assimilated by Rubbiani which, combined with his light and graceful style, bring him very close to a typically Rococo spirit.
Bibl.: M. Dugoni, in La natura morta in Emilia e in Romagna, a cura di Daniele Benati e Lucia Peruzzi, Milano 2000, pp. 233 – 239
Our reference: AF00451