Pair of Roman still lifes attributed to Paolo Castelli called Spadino (Rome, 1659 – 1730 ca.), oil on canvas, measures 49×57 cm.
The baroque decorative exuberance, the precise description of the fruits and the outdoor setting are unequivocal clues, also borrowed from the examples of the Campidoglio and the Flemish Abraham Brueghel, marking the evolution of the Capitoline still life of the second half of the seventeenth century. The training of the German Christian Berentz (documented in Italy since 1689) should not be overlooked on his training, particularly for his attention to the luministic direction, which brightly delineates the shapes and embellishes the chromatic tones. Peculiar to the author’s repertoire is the ability to describe the silky surfaces of the fruits with extraordinary ability, showing off all their softness, following the lesson learned by Abrahani Brueghel, but his brush stroke is wider, and even if devoid of that perfection dear to Nordic artists it reflects an instinctive and sensual adherence of natural beautyPair of Roman still lifes attributed to Paolo Castelli called Spadino (Rome, 1659 – 1730 ca.), oil on canvas, measures 49×57 cm.