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Giovanni Battista Benaschi

Sep - 26 - 2013
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Giovanni Battista Benaschi, or Beinaschi, ( Born in Fossano, Italy, 1636 – Died in Naples, Italy, 28 September 1688 ) was an Italian painter and engraver active in the Mannerist style.
Born in the Piemonte region of northern Italy, he studied as an artist under Esprit Grandjean. Early on, before 1652, he set out for Rome to continue his education. There he was a student of Pietro del Po (1610-1692). As recounted by Mariette (Abecedario, 1851, I, pp. 108-109) : “It is not sure that he was a disciple of Lanfranco, but it is nonetheless true that he was his follower and imitator who, wishing to walk too closely in the steps of this great painter too often exaggerated his aggressive manner. He concentrated on black, he overcharged his contours and although what he painted shows verve and genius, very little of what he did is pleasing…”.
As was customary, his master had Benaschi draw from the Carracci frescoes from the Farnese Gallery, from the statues in the Belvedere at the Vatican Palace, paintings from San Carlo de’ Catinari and the works of Lanfranco from the church of Sant Andrea della Valle.
Besides this decisive influence on his style, his artistic production also reveals his reflections on the lessons of the grand masters : Raphael, as well as Jules Romain, Annibale Carracci, Poussin and, above all, Pietro da Cortona.
From 1664 to 1676, Beinaschi settled in Naples at a time when painting was undergoing a profound change and taking on, thanks to Mattia Preti but more notably Luca Giordano, the new Baroque tendencies thus replacing the Naturalist and Classical formulas which had prevailed during the first half of the century. Beinaschi, although less innovative than Giordano, produced many large Baroque decorations at this time for the churches in Naples, the frescoes illustrating the Story of Saint Nicolas de Bari at San Nicola alla Dogana in 1664 (now destroyed) and the Story of the Virgin at Santa Maria degli Angeli in Pizzofalcone around 1660-1670. These works reflect his fondness for swirling figures in an open space and skilful foreshortening. Lanfranco’s influence is obvious, and, through him, that of Correggio.

Benaschi died in Rome. His sister, Angiola Beinaschi, was a portrait painter who died at the age of 80 years. Among his pupils was Orazio Frezza.

The Madonna and Child

Art by: Giovanni Battista Beinaschi (Fossano 1636-1688 Naples)

The Madonna and Child adored by two saints
charcoal with traces of white chalk on buff paper, watermark encircled lamb
9¾ x 13½ in. (24.7 x 34.5 cm.)
Notes: Giovanni Battista Beinaschi (Fossano 1636-1688 Naples)
The Madonna and Child adored by two saints
charcoal with traces of white chalk on buff paper, watermark encircled lamb
9¾ x 13½ in. (24.7 x 34.5 cm.)

Provenance: Giovanni Piancastelli (1845-1926).
Edward and Mary Brandegee, Boston (by 1904) (according to an inscription on the mount).
Possibly Janoz Scholz, New York.
with Herbert E. Feist, New York, where acquired by the present owner, 1972 ($294.25).

 

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