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Bartolomeo Guidobono
17th-century Genoese
(Savona, Italy, 1654 - 1709, Turin, Italy)

Minute in description, meticulous in craft, sweet in disposition, Guidobono’s style is the antithesis of the grand manner that dominated late 17th-century Genoese painting. This style arose from his first training with his father and lifelong collaboration with his brother, both painters of sophisticated porcelain. But its emergence as a style in its own right should also be understood in the context of a Genoese appreciation of Netherlandish painting that goes back to the 15th century. After a series of trips to Emilia, Guidobono would inflect this already delicate style toward the soft contour, luminous color, and gentleness that he had admired in Correggio. Despite their minute description, the resulting works are beautifully vague in atmosphere and feeling.

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