Giovanni Carnovali detto il Piccio


Giovanni Carnovali called Il Piccio (Porto Valtravaglia 1804-Coltaro 1873), Portrait of a noble lady, oil painting on canvas, signed lower, measures 60×50 cm.

Giovanni Carnovali was a pupil of Diotti at the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo. He has managed to combine in an original way romantic feelings and realist tendencies up to propose a painting “alternative” than to the works of his contemporaries.

The two travels in Rome in 1831 and Paris in 1845, are similar to paintings by Corot and Delacroix, but such experiences only reinforce Piccio in a spontaneous predisposition: in landscapes as in the portraits, the two favorite genres, drawing, even when it is perceived in color, it never delineates the contours, but rather intervenes to reinforce the tones of a painting played on transparencies and glazes.

In portraiture Piccio follows the path of authentic romantic tradition, aligning itself to the production of Hayez or accentuating the psychological characterization and physiognomy of the character.

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

Pierluigi De Vecchi, Elda Cerchiari, Arte nel Tempo