Courtesy of Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya | Licence: CC BY 4.0
Courtesy of Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya | Licence: CC BY 4.0

Il contino

1861

Mariano José Maria Bernardo Fortuny y Carbó

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Title

Il contino

Date

1861

Description

This work is an early approach by Fortuny to genre painting and one of the works from his early period in Rome that best demonstrate his virtuosity. In front of the Baroque fountain in the gardens of the Villa Borghese he places a young man with an aloof air of affected elegance emphasised by the eighteenth-century clothing –frock coat, waistcoat and shirt--, the sword and the powdered wig. The figure responds to a type that was common at the time, but which Fortuny marks with a stamp of his own. His skill as an artist can be appreciated in the subtle way in which he recreates the transparency of the water pouring from the fountain, the accomplished distribution of shadows and his splendid sense of colour.

Descriptive Medium: Watercolour on paper

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Location

Villa Borghese, Piazzale Napoleone I, Rome, Italy

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