Magini Carlo (1720-1806),
Still Life: soup tureen, saucepan, eggs, and bottle

Magini Carlo (1720-1806),
Still Life: soup tureen, saucepan, eggs, and bottle

Magini Carlo, Still Life: soup tureen, saucepan, eggs, and bottle
Oil on canvas, 55×79 cm + frame 10 cm, Inv. n. 248

This painting is emblematic of the style of Carlo Magini and of his world: there are tables, laid or not, full of dishes, cutlery, foods ready to be cooked or ready to be tasted; often there is also a packet of spices, often included as a sort of monogram.

The subject is always against an empty wall, simple, that exalts the objects, which are never disturbed by human figures, but highlighted by a calm yet bright light.

Such silent admiration can find a poetic parallel only in the Still Life of Giorgio Morandi, more than a century later, as Cesare Brandi observed in 1986.

This painting stands out in Magini’s catalogue for an element that is seldom present – the tablecloth. It almost seems like it was taken from the trunk where the dowry is kept, where it was carefully laid: the crisp and clear creases highlight the shadow caused by the light coming from the left with extraordinarily subtle expertise. Here, it almost seems that we can feel the weave of the fabric between our fingers, rough, thick, “poor” – like the world of his subjects.

Among these, even the beautiful soup tureen of contemporary manufacture of Pesaro, is outstanding.

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