(Florence 1772 - Milan 1850)
Portrait of the Marchesa Lucrezia Ricasoli Zanchini, née Rinuccini
Signed and dated Luigi Sabatelli / Fece 1808 at the lower right, and inscribed Lucrezia Ricasoli at the lower left.
333 x 246 mm. (13 1/8 x 9 3/4 in.)
In 1808 Sabatelli was appointed a professor of painting at the Accademia di Brera in Milan, where he lived and worked for the remainder of his long career. Although he executed many decorative projects in Milan and throughout Lombardy, he continued to work occasionally in his native Florence, notably between 1820 and 1825, when he painted the frescoes in the Sala dell’Iliade in the Palazzo Pitti. These show the influence of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, who was in Florence around this time and with whom Sabatelli became friendly. (The influence of Ingres is similarly evident in the Italian artist’s portrait drawings of this period.) Sabatelli worked in the church of San Filippo Neri in 1830 and undertook the decoration of the Tribuna di Galileo in the Palazzo della Specola, completed in 1841. He also illustrated a History of Florence, written by Prince Louis Napoleon Bonaparte and printed in 1833. A talented printmaker in his own right, Sabatelli also provided finished drawings for other engravers. Among his engraved designs are the series of Pensieri diversi, published in Rome in 1795, and The Plague of Florence, inspired by Boccaccio’s Decameron and published in 1801.
Anonymous sale (‘Luigi Sabatelli. Six portraits de la famille Ricasoli’), Paris, Christie’s, 29 March 2012, lot 41.