Peruzzini e Magnasco, Il grande bosco

The Large Forest

ALESSANDRO MAGNASCO E ANTONIO FRANCESCO PERUZZINI

Author
ALESSANDRO MAGNASCO E ANTONIO FRANCESCO PERUZZINI
Title
The Large Forest
Catalogue
1389
Date
1705-1706
Support
Canvas, cm 203x264
Provenance
Purchased, 1989
Hall
Sala 6

This work depicts a forest whose luxuriant, untamed nature absorbs the small figures of monks–hermits, witnesses to the unbridled energy of God’s creation. The monumental, frond-laden trees offer an image that completely eschews naturalism and that, what’s more, seems to foreshadow the emotional atmosphere of Romantic poetics. The canvas bears witness to the extraordinary quality attained by the fruitful collaboration between the landscapist Peruzzini and the Genoese Magnasco, a partnership that had been consolidated at the Florentine court of Ferdinando de’ Medici.