Name of Object:
Perspective with a Banquet Scene
Collezioni Comunali d'Arte
Date of Object:
Artist(s) / Craftsperson(s):
Ferdinando Galli Bibiena (1657, Bologna-1743, Bologna)
Museum Inventory Number:
Material(s) / Technique(s):
Oil on canvas
173,3 x 229 cm
Workshop / Movement:
Type of object:
Period of activity:
First half eighteenth-century
Place of production:
Ferdinando Bibiena was a great architect and scenographer. Working with his sons, Bibiena shared the artistic and theatrical Italian fashion of architectural perspective throughout Europe. In his last years he was a professor at the Accademia Clementina. His teachings promoted a predilection for perspective painting as an autonomous decorative genre that soon became very fashionable all over Europe.
The painting was commissioned by the Accademia Clementina to Ferdinando Galli Bibiena in 1721. It was presented to the Senate of Bologna to celebrate the homecoming of the celebrated scenographer and theatrical architect and his congregation to the local Academy of fine arts. Magnificent architectural elements on an angular view form an eclectic and fantastic ensemble, the theatrical side of the baroque taste for illusion.
How date and origin were established:
Documents in the State Archive of Bologna show that the painting was already finished on the 6th of November 1721. The Accademia Clementina had already decided to have it delivered to the apartment of Gonfaloniere, on the first floor of Palazzo Comunale.
How Object was obtained:
The painting, originally located on the first floor of Palazzo Comunale, was moved to the museum, on the second floor of the same building, in 1992.
Lenzi, D. “Le tempere di architettura”, Meravigliose scene piacevoli inganni. Galli Bibiena, (exhibition catalogue), Arezzo, 1992, pp. 94-95, n. 40.
Citation of this web page:
Elisabetta Berselli "Perspective with a Banquet Scene" in "Discover Baroque Art", Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.discoverbaroqueart.org/database_item.php?id=object;BAR;it;Mus12;40;en