Architectural View of a Palace, with the Landing of Eneas, his Attendants, (painting)
Gisolfi, Giovanni 1623-1683
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 90 (Sale info: For Sale).
"This is a beautiful and grand subject, the composition and grouping of the figures is equal to Salvator Rosa, to whom he always acknowledged himself deeply indebted for his taste and method of pencilling, he gave the first proof of his wonderful abilities, by designing and painting the grand triumphal arches for the reception of the Archduchess of Austria, when she was to pass through milan; and soon after he went to Rome, where, with inexpressible pleasure and industry, he designed all the beautiful remains of antiquity, the edifices, ruins, columns or theatres. of those sketches he made great use. He studied nature with so nice an observation, that every scene he represented, and every building, might be known at first sight, even with the most cursory view. He was thoroughly skilled in perspective, and described his subjects with all their rich decorations, and every member of the architecture, - with such neatness of pencilling, such truth and patience; as may sooner become an object of wonder than of imitation. The lightness and grandeur of his buildings, the beauty of the perspective, the judicious disposition of his figures, the correctness and taste of his design, and the truth, nature, and force in his colouring, rendered his works justly precious in every part of europe; and they maintain their reputation and high value even to this day. Painted by Giovanni Gisolfi, who was born at Milan, 1623, and died 1683." [P. 12-13.]
Descriptive Catalogue of Original Cabinet Paintings, now arranged in the Gallery, Doggett's Repository of Arts, entrance at No. 16, Market-Street, and may be viewed every day, from 8 in the morning till sunset; being a truly splendid and valuable Collection of one hundred and sixty-four Cabinet Paintings in elegant frames; selected on the Continent of Europe, at the Expense of thirty thousand dollars, and are warranted to comprise the works of the Great Masters, from the 13th Century to the Present Time.