Francesco Antonio Altobello Figurative Painting - Adoration of the Shepherds
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Francesco Antonio Altobello
Adoration of the Shepherds

ca. 1690


Francesco Antonio Altobello (Italian 1637-After 1703) "Adoration of The Shepherds" ca. 1690
 Oil on Canvas 69" x 96" inches framed 61" x 89.5" inches unframed This painting has been published and is included in "Pittura del Seicento a Napoli: da Caravaggio a Massimo Stanzione by Nicola Spinosa, 2010. Where it is reproduced in full color and discussed by Sr. Spinosa. Provenance: - Possibly in 1697 by Stefano Carrillo y Salsedo - Possible in 1968 sent to his brother in Spain - At some point sent to Mexico City - Private Collection, Mr. Carlos Corral, Mexico City, Mexico - Private Collection, Washington DC, USA Italian painter. He received his first artistic training in the workshop of Carlo Rosa in Apulia, although his earliest known works, the Holy Family (1675; Barletta, Santa Maria della Vittoria) and a painting of the same subject attributed to him (Barletta, Palazzo Monte di Pietà), reveal the influence of Cesare Fracanzano (c. 1605-1651) and Francesco Cozza (1605-1682). Altobello probably went to Naples during the 1670s and was certainly living there in 1687. Works attributed to him from this period are the Vision of St Ignatius (Naples, San Ferdinando) and a Visitation and Vision of St Francis (c. 1680; both Naples, Santa Maria la Nuova). They show his full acclimatization to the Neapolitan Baroque, clearly reflecting the monumentality of Giovanni Lanfranco, the tonal contrasts of Luca Giordano and the chiaroscuro of Mattia Preti; they represent the height of Altobello's artistic development. Also attributed to his Neapolitan period is St Jerome (Naples, Pinacoteca del Pio Monte della Misericordia). Numerous canvases, listed in the inventory of Stefano Carrillo y Salsedo, Regent of the Royal Chancellery, are untraced, as is Danaë and the Shower of Gold, which once belonged to the Orsini, Dukes of Gravina in Puglia. Altobello's last known works are the Vision of St Roch (1684; Montella, Santa Maria la Libera) and a Virgin and Child (1692; Bitonto, Palazzo Vescovile). Both seem to indicate a stylistic regression, conditioned perhaps by the backwardness of the provincial climate in which he was then working.


  • Artist
    Francesco Antonio Altobello (1637-died after 1703, Italian)
  • Creation year
    ca. 1690
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  • Dimensions

    H 61 in. x W 89.5 in. x D 3 in.

    H 154.94 cm x W 227.33 cm x D 7.62 cm

  • Gallery location
    Kensington, MD
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    Inventory no. OM-62

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