Artist: PAOLO GEROLAMO PIOLA (Genoa 1666-1724)
Title: Mary Magdalen buying scented oils
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 135 x 203 cm
Period: 17th century
Painting subject to the Superintendency’s authorization.
“This magnificent painting is entirely and exclusively the work of Paolo Gerolamo Piola’s paint brush. It was quite a feat for him to stand out as a unique autography in a workshop like Casa Piola, where pictorial polyphony was to be found amongst multiple members of the same family. Son, nephew, brother, brother-in-law and uncle of artists, Paolo Gerolamo’s talent was to emerge in his early youth, as was his immersion in a unique style of painting. For this, he was clearly favoured by his father Domenico (1627-1703) and destined to succeed him in the management of the largest hotbed of ligurian arts between the 17th and 18th centuries. The undisputed, exclusive refinement of his role, strongly influenced the ligustic scene: his pictorial style is appreciated by contemporary artists and patrons who indulge in the grafting of Roman accents that were introduced through Carlo’s workshop “.
Click HERE for a full description in the Catalogue of Italian painting from the 17th to the 20th century, 2013, pg. 34-35.