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Giacomo da Castello
A happy nest - 17th century Italian painting bird animal - The nesting doves

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We offer a special 20% discount on this item during the Holiday Sale only until November 30. This 17th century Italian Baroque painting is both a symbol of a happy and warm home (nest) as well as a wonderful and ornithilogically accurate depiction of pigeons. Whilst still lifes showing doves and pigeons as a decorative addition to a composition were very popular in the 17th and 18th century, it is very rare and unusual to find a work depicting them as the main subject. The artist of the present work created a lovely and naturalistic painting showing two small doves in their nest whilst being surrounded and protected by their family. Apart from its decorative charm, this work might be of particular interest for ornithologists, pigeon fanciers and amateurs of pigeon racing. Jacob van der Kerckhoven (or Jacques van de Kerckhoven), known in Italy as Giacomo da Castello was born in Antwerp in 1636 or 1637 was a Flemish Baroque painter and registered at the Antwerp Guild of Saint Luke as a pupil of Jan Fyt in the year 1649 (Fyt was one of the leading still life and animal painters active in Flanders at the time). He later moved to the Veneto region in Italy where he would become one of the most prominent still life and animal specialists around the turn of the 18th century. He was the court painter of the Doge of Venice and was also patronized by English aristocrats on their Grand Tour. His work shows the influence of the Flemish and Italian schools of still life painting. From his Flemish training he retained an accurate precision in the description of details and qualities, both in animals and fruits or other foods. The Italian influence reveals itself in the bright Italian light, which he often tempered by the use of chiaroscuro. He painted large and ambitious compositions similar to those he had seen in the workshops of Antwerp and in the studio of his master Fyt while at the same time developing a personal language of almost naive charm. His works can be found in many musea including the Staatliche Kunstsammelung Dresden and the Pinacoteca dei Concordi. Provenance: Private French Collection Courtesy RKD and Summa Galliacana The painting is housed in a contemporary Italian baroque-style frame. Please note that there are some reflections in the photographs, this is merely due to the shiny varnish and is no damage.

Details

  • Artist
    Giacomo da Castello (1636 - 1712, Italo-Flemish)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 39.77 in. (101 cm)Width: 34.26 in. (87 cm)Depth: 3.55 in. (9 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
    Mid-17th Century
  • Condition
    The painting is in good condition and ready to hang, it has been relined in the past and has a stable and rather thin paint layer. The frame is also in good condition with some minor wear.
  • Gallery Location
    Antwerp, BE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU142326931842

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Antwerp, Belgium
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