Still Life

Still Life is a superb original oil painting on panel, realized by the Italian artist Vincenzino Volò, also known as Vincenzino dei Fiori (Rémondans, 1620 - Milan, 1671) around 1640-1660.

On the back of the panel, two labels are glued "da Milano" and "A Piacenza" ("from Milan" and "to Piacenza"). The labels indicate a transfer of the artwork, perhaps in the first half of the twentieth century, from Piacenza to Milan. While instead the style and technique suggest that the artwork was commissioned or created in the Milan of Federico Borromeo, archbishop of Milan from 1595 to 1630.

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Still Life is a superb original oil painting on panel, realized by the Italian artist Vincenzino Volò, also known as Vincenzino dei Fiori (Rémondans, 1620 - Milan, 1671) around 1640-1660.

Original title: Natura morta di fiori entro vasi biansati (Still life of Bouquet in two-handled vases).

On the back of the panel, two labels are glued "da Milano" and "A Piacenza" ("from Milan" and "to Piacenza"). The labels indicate a transfer of the artwork, perhaps in the first half of the twentieth century, from Piacenza to Milan. While instead the style and technique suggest that the artwork was commissioned or created in the Milan of Federico Borromeo, archbishop of Milan from 1595 to 1630.

The author of the painting can be identified in the person of Vincenzo Volò, a talented artist who fell into oblivion, recently rediscovered and appreciated. Founder of the Vincenzini family, he was born in Franche-Comté in 1620 (in the past his birth was erroneously dated 1606). In the mid-forties of the seventeenth century, he arrived to Milan, and held a leading artistic role: he was the founder of a family workshop that imposed his style and strongly influenced Milanese collecting with his still lifes and influenced generations and generations of painters. Vincenzino was also the first painter of still lifes to work on the Bella Island for Vitaliano VI Borromeo and collaborated with well-known painters such as Francesco Cairo, Scaramuccia, Nuvolone and Fumagalli.

As regards the style, the archaic tendency of Lombard painting of still life from the early decades of the seventeenth century is clearly evident, looking at primitivism and the happy schematization of the composition of the artwork.

This artwork could be dated around the first half of the seventeenth century because it is confirmed by the type of support, a wooden panel, always used by Vincenzino.

As for the subject, Volò generally painted bouquets of flowers in two-handled vases placed on transversal planes seen from the front. It is possible to compare this work with other Dei Fiori's artworks: the pair of Flower Vases in the Ala Ponzone Civic Museum of Cremona, the pair of Still lifes with flowers at the Pinacoteca of the Sforzesco Castle in Milan, and Flowers, fruit and game preserved at the Ala Ponzone Civic Museum.

Reference bibliography: G. Bocchi - U. Bocchi, Vincenzo Volò, in "Naturaliter. Nuovi contributi alla natura morta in Italia settentrionale e Toscana fra XVII e XVIII secolo", Calenzano, 1998, pp. 66-71; G. Bocchi, Vincenzo Volò pittore di nature morte: le origini borgognone e alcuni aspetti della sua attività milanese, in "Arte Lombarda", Nuova serie, 170-171, 2014, 1-2, pp. 62-75.

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Artist Vincenzino Dei Fiori
Typology Original Paintings
Technique Oil Painting
Year 1640-60 ca.
Dimensions (cm) 37 x 48.5
Country of Manufacture Italy
Subject Still Life

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