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Un’aggiunta comasca al catalogo di Giovanni Ambrogio Besozzi

digital Un’aggiunta comasca al catalogo di Giovanni Ambrogio Besozzi
fascicolo ARTE LOMBARDA - 2018 - 1-2
titolo Un’aggiunta comasca al catalogo di Giovanni Ambrogio Besozzi
An addition to the catalog of Giovanni Ambrogio Besozzi
Editore Vita e Pensiero
formato Articolo | Pdf
online da 11-2018
doi 10.26350/666112_000019
issn 0004-3443 (stampa) | 2785-1117 (digitale)
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Several ecclesiastical bodies were abolished under the reign of Maria Theresa and Napoleon: such dissolutions caused the dispersion of plenty of art works. In Como the Dominican church of San Giovanni Pedemonte is a major example: it was unhallowed in 1810 and destroyed in 1814. The altarpiece analysed in this essay, with the Martyrdom of St Peter Martyr, comes from there; it was restored in 2017 and it is now on show at the Pinacoteca Civica in Como. The ancona is a replica of a Venetian original canvas by Titian dating ca 1528-1530 burnt in the nineteenth century; it was on show in St Peter Martyr’s chapel with two oil paintings made by Cristoforo Caresana and Giovanni Paolo Ghianda. The ancona is mentioned in many lists and inventories of the nineteenth century as a property of Como town; it was consigned first to Como Cathedral, then to the Crocifisso church, and it is also reproduced by Giovanni Maria Tagliaferri’s engraving of 1844. The latest restoration has proved the high quality of this replica: the artist used a very valuable colour as the lapis lazuli blue, making visible its red base; on the canvas there is also a protein essence, perhaps tempera. Giovanni Battista Giovio attributed the painting to Giovanni Ambrogio Besozzi (1648-1706) in his book Como and the Lario, released in 1795: which is in our view a convincing attribution. The attribution to Ambrogio Besozzi is proved on the basis of stylistic comparisons with other paintings by the same artist: this supplement to the catalog of our painter is important, because it is the first evidence of a work of Ambrogio Besozzi in Como area, as well as the hypothesis of a trip to Venice of our Painter in order to examine Titian’s altarpiece.