(Rome 1714 - St. Petersburg 1773)
A Concert in a Garden
165 x 295 mm. (6 1/2 x 11 5/8 in.)
Between 1754 and 1755 he was in Vienna, where he painted an allegorical ceiling fresco of The Arts and Sciences at the Alte Universität. The success of this project led to a commission from the Empress Maria Theresa for what was to be one of his most famous works; the vibrant ceiling frescoes in the Hapsburg summer palace of Schloss Schönbrunn, near Vienna, painted between 1759 and 1761. After some years in Berlin, Guglielmi was in Turin from 1765, working at the Palazzo Chiablese, the church of the Santi Martiri and the Palazzo Reale, for which he painted a ceiling fresco of the Four Corners of the World. Guglielmi was also active in Naples, Dresden, Bergamo, Stuttgart, Augsburg, Warsaw, Munich and St. Petersburg, where he died in 1773.
Their sale (‘Property from the Collection of the British Rail Pension Fund’), New York, Sotheby’s, 8 January 1991, lot 8 (as Attributed to Sebastiano Ricci)
John O’Brien, Charles Town, West Virginia (Lugt 4230), his handwritten collector’s mark O’ in pencil on the verso.