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Gaspare Traversi

(Naples,1723 - Rome,1770)

An offer of tobacco

Oil on canvas, 26" x 36 ¹/₄"
 

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DESCRIPTION



A young galante, or ladies’ man, is shown here offering tobacco to a sly young woman, thus introducing the viewer to the theme of courtship with humour and refinement. An older woman, the well-known figure of the mezzana, or procuress, plays the mediating role as the act of seduction unfolds before us.
Traversi conveys the realism of the moment with true freshness, making this one of his masterpieces.
 

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PROVENANCE



Venice, Conte Dino Barozzi (Florence, 1922, cat. 127); Venice, Italico Brass collection (1870-1943); London, Sotheby’s, 8 December 1976, n° 108 ; London, Colnaghi; Private collection.
 

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LITERATURE



Mostra della pittura italiana del Sei e Settecento in Palazzo Pitti, exh. cat.,  Florence, 1922, cat. 127;
-Nugent, Alla mostra della Pittura Italiana del’600 e del ‘700. Note e Osservazioni, I, San Casciano Val di Pesa, 1925, p. 233 ;
- Roberto Longhi, « Un aggiunta al Traversi » , in Vita artistica, 1927, p. 197, reprint Opere Complete di Roberto Longhi. Saggi e Ricerche 1925-28,  Florence, 1967, p. 211, 216 ;
- Francesco Barocelli, Gaspare Traversi « Neapolitanus Pinxit Romae » (1723-1770). Ipotesi, questioni, proposte su un pittore e la sua opera, Parme, 1990, p. 122-123, n. 82, n. 83, fig. 53 ;
- August Bernhard Rave, Gaspare Traversi. Heiterkeit inn Schatten, A. B. Rave (ed.), exh. cat. Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie, 2003, p. 51.
- Lucia Fornari Schianche – Nicola Spinosa, Luce sul Settecento. Gaspare Traversi e l’arte del suo tempo in Emilia, exh. cat. Parma, Gallerie Nazionale, 4 April – 4 July 2004, p. 241, 253-254, n° R115 ;
- Nicola Spinosa – Tiziana Scarpa,  Gaspare Traversi napoletani del ‘700 tra miseria e nobiltà, Nicola Spinosa (ed.), Naples, Castel Sant’Elmo, 13 December – 14 March 2004, p. 245, 258, n° R115.

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