Monday, February 23, 2009
"Fantasie Macabres," Paolo Vincenzo Bonomini (1757-1839)
One wonderful artist I discovered in the recently gushed about book Death and Resurrection in Art (Guide to Imagery) is Paolo Vincenzo Bonomini, also known by the last name of Borromini. I have found precious little about the artist in English; the "translate" function applied to the Italian Wikipedia entry reveals (to the best of my deciphering...) that he was an Italian artist who decorated many civic and religious buildings and is best known for his "Fantasie Macabres," a series of scenes depicting living skeletons (see above), which was commissioned by a parish in Bergamo, his hometown. He produced 6 paintings as part of the series, many of them featuring recognizable caricatures of well-known townsfolk; another (guess which?) serves as a skeletal self-portrait. They are housed in the church of Santa Grata Inter Vites di Borgo Canale.
Top two photos found here. Bottom image found here.
Images, from top to bottom: Il pittore; Il tamburino della Cisalpina; Il carpentiere.