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Taddeo Scarella (active in Milan) "Italian poet Ippolito Pindemonte", unique miniature!!, 1820s

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Painted in the 1820s, shortly before the sitter's death, it is an extremely rare miniature portrait of well-known Italian poet Ippolito Pindemonte (our image nr.10 offers a lithograph showing him at the same age as in our portrait). The miniature itself is covered with two plaques of card, both bearing the same inscription. The card, which is attached directly to the miniature bears the real (!) name of the sitter - Pindemento (erroneously named "Pindemonte"; the other card demonstrates that one of the subsequent collectors/owners of the miniature was unaware who the sitter was (or having found no mention of "Pindemento" in Italian reference sources, suggested his own interpretation of the sitter's identity - Pestalozzi (referring to well-known Swiss educator Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, who lived in the same period; our image nr.12 shows his portrait, which, though demonstrating slight resemblance to our sitter, is in reality a portrait of another man).

Ippolito Pindemonte (1753 Verona - 1828 Verona) was educated at the Collegio di San Carlo in Modena, but otherwise spent most of his life in Verona. He was born into an aristocratic family, and traveled a great deal in his youth. He was a good friend of Giuseppe Torelli and the scholar Girolamo Pompei. His brother Giovanni Pindemonte was a prominent dramatist. He witnessed and was deeply affected by the French Revolution, residing in Paris for ten months during 1789. He later spent time in England and Austria. A Romantic poet, he was principally influenced by Ugo Foscolo and Thomas Gray, and was associated with the Della Cruscans. He devoted much of his life to a translation of the Odyssey, which was published in 1822 (for extensive biography of this man, see our image nr.11).

The miniature is clearly signed "Scarella". Despite numerous mentions of this artist, who was active as an engraver and portrait miniaturist at first in Padua and then in Milan (see below), only one of his miniatures (namely, the one on view here!) is known today. It was shown in 1905 at the Vienna Exhibition of Miniatures in Palace of the Imperial Presidium of the Council of Ministers as one in the group of miniatures from the Viennese Collection Heinrich Reinhardt (see our image nr.13). It was on the basis of this catalogue record that Thieme-Becker and later Schidlof included their entries about this artist, referring to him as simply "Scarella", i.e. without mentioning his first name (see image nr.14).
Through brief research in our library and on the Web we were able to "locate" this miniaturist.

We found the first mention about this artist in the recently published book by Bernardo Falconi, Fernando Mazzocca and Anna Maria Zuccotti - "Giambattista Gigola /e il ritratto in miniatura a Brescia tra settecento e ottocento". The authors list his name among those miniaturist working in the 1st half of the 19th century in Milan - Taddeo Scarella (see image nr.15).
The subsequent search on Google Books brought information (see images nr.16-19), which implies that in 1809 Taddeo Scarella, while a student of philosophy at the Academy of Padua, was already active as an engraver working for local publishing houses. In 1825 he resurfaces in Milan as an exponent of a miniature (sic!) at the annual exhibition at the Milan Academy of Arts (which he likely graduated from - B.W.). The next mention of Taddeo Scarella is dated 1834: he is referred to as "diligent artist"

Provenance:
1.) Collection Heinrich Reinhardt, Vienna
2.) Heirs of Heinrich Reinhardt; Vienna
3.) auction house "Paul Deutsch", 22 April, 2013

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Condition: good; in 19th century brass easel-frame

Creation Year: 1820s

Measurements: UNFRAMED:8,0x6,5cm/3,1x2,6in FRAMED: 9,4x8,0cm/3,7x3,1in

Object Type: Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: watercolor on ivory

Inscription: signed: Scarella; verso is inscribed

Creator: Taddeo Scarella
To see other works by this artist click on the name above!

Creator Dates: fl. Milan 1820/30s-

Nationality: Italian

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