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ID number:  BIRBI-2007.2
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Migliara, Giovanni (1785-1837)
Title / Object name:  An Architectural Capriccio
Object type:  Watercolour
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  1829
Materials:  Pencil and Watercolour
Measurements:  180 x 234 mm
Provenance:  Agnews Auction House, London; purchased by the Barber Institute, July 2007

Migliara was a scenery-painter who turned to small-scale works after 1810, owing to illness. His precise, jewel-like technique and theatrical settings found much favour with wealthy patrons in his native Milan and further afield. His works are extremely rare in Britain. As the title of this watercolour suggests, this scene is an architectural fantasy. It shows members of the young aristocracy visiting the classical ruins of Milan. Migliara was known for displaying a great sensitivity to light and tone in his watercolours, and an in-depth knowledge of perspective. In 1822 he was appointed Professor of Perspective at the Academia di Bella Arti, Milan.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed on the mount 'GioMigliara' and inscribed 'ingresso d'un palazzo comunale novembre 1829' (par Migliara peintre Milanais)

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