Card players by Monsù Bernardo
Card players by Monsù Bernardo
Card players by Monsù Bernardo
Card players by Monsù Bernardo
Card players by Monsù Bernardo
Card players by Monsù Bernardo
Card players by Monsù Bernardo
Card players by Monsù Bernardo
Card players by Monsù Bernardo
Card players by Monsù Bernardo

Card players by Monsù Bernardo

17th century Roma Italia

Offered by Riccardo Moneghini


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Painting oil on canvas with dimensions of 100 x 138 without frame and 112 x 150 with frame.

This painting, in good state of conservation, depicts a scene of genre populated by four characters: two young people playing cards, a girl with a tambourine and an old bagpipe player.
Probably considered the measure this painting had allegorical meanings and that it decorated the elegant study of some scholar dedicated to philosophical meditations and pervaded by the love for poetry, art and nature.

We find ourselves in front of a canvas that shows a modern, essential and well-organized stage layout, characteristic of the best European pictorial tradition.
It will be useful to remember that the purpose of these compositions of Flemish tradition was to routinely recall one or more ideas derived from proverbs and moralizing mottos.

In this card player with bagpipe player and tambourine player it is inevitable to underline the close connection with the works performed by Eberhard Keilhau called Monsù Bernardo (Helsingor 1624 - Rome 1687).
The Danish painter who studied first in Antwerp before moving to Italy first in Venice and then in Rome in 1656.

In the papal capital he adhered to the figurative language of the so-called transpainted "bamboccianti" painters, of which the painting in question is a classic example.
The adherence to this original artistic vocabulary, vivid and of great immediacy, allowed him to obtain important pictorial commissions for the Italian and Roman nobility: a rich production of genre paintings in which the master manifests evident links with Northern European realism and naturalism Italian.

It was this peculiar artistic sensibility that allowed Bernard Keilhau to develop a personal style particularly suited to the realization of paintings similar to this that in the marked characterization of the portrayed characters, anticipates the future results achieved by Cerruti, called Pitocchetto, and by Antonio Cifrondi.

Besides the peculiar chromatic agreements, the style bonds between the painting in question and some paintings of the Keilhau as the "elderly woman who gives the milk to the cat, Elvehjem museum of the Art of Wisconsin, are undeniable and numerous.
In these Monsù Bernardo's paintings, as happens with our painting, we show a careful illustrator of contemporary reality with provocative ironic implications and uncommon mocking abilities towards the surrounding world.

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Mr. Riccardo Moneghini
Old Masters paintings - Court expert
excellent state of conservation
Reggio Emilia, private collection
Height 100.00 cm (39.37 inches)
Width 138.00 cm (54.33 inches)
External Height 112.00 cm (44.09 inches)
External Width 150.00 cm (59.06 inches)
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oil on canvas
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