Portrait of Count Giovanni Batista Wailletti, Fra Galgario
- Posted by Fra Galgario
- Museum: Academy Gallery
- Year: Around 1710
Overview of the painting :
Portrait of Count Giovanni Batista Wailletti – Fra Galgario. Around 1710. Oil on canvas. 226×137
The real name of the artist who took over the craft of his father is Giuseppe Gislandi (1655-1743). From his native Bergamo, a twenty-three-year-old painter arrived in Venice. He was taught serious skill lessons by Sebastiano Bombelli, an official portrait painter of the city nobility. It was thanks to him that Galgario received not only the circle of customers, capturing patricians, but during his stay in Lombardy and Milan aristocracy, but also adopted the art of depicting a spectacular gesture, a wonderful ceremonial colorism, especially in the interpretation of costumes. In Venice, he took tonsure in the monastery of St. Francis (“fra” – “brother”), and returning to his homeland in 1702 he entered the monastery in Galgario. The asceticism of his life caused the choice of mainly male models in which he always found in pointed individual traits, thus creating a gallery of representatives of the Enlightenment.
The skill with which the burning brightness of the colors of the luxuriously embroidered garment of the nobleman is conveyed, the calm dignity of the count’s pose and the restrained energy of his gaze make the “Portrait of Count Giovanni Batista Wiletti” a masterpiece of world painting.