Giovanni Carnovali detto il Piccio


Giovanni Carnovali called il Piccio (Montegrino Valtravaglia 1804-Coltaro 1873), Portrait of a painter, oil painting on canvas, signed, measures 60×50 cm.

Giovanni Carnovali was a student of Diotti at the Carrara Academy in Bergamo. He was able to combine romantic sensibilities and realist tendencies in an original way to propose an “alternative” painting compared to the works of his contemporaries.

The two trips to Rome, in 1831 and Paris, in 1845 brought him closer to the painting of Corot and Delacroix, but these experiences only reinforce a spontaneous predisposition in the Piccio: in the landscapes as in the portraits, the two favorite genres, the drawing, even when it is perceivable under the color, it never delineates the contours, but rather intervenes to reinforce the tones of a painting played on transparencies and veiling.

In portraiture, the Piccio is placed in the furrow of the most authentic romantic tradition, aligning itself to the production of Hayez or accentuating the character’s psychological and physiognomic characterization.

The Piccio can be considered the only example of intimate freedom of Italian romantic art from the tyranny constraints, in fact he comes to transfigure the “direct grip” of reality through the dissolution of form into the color that will become, in a short time, the stylistic brand of the Lombard Scapigliatura.