Storia dell’arte n. 155-156 – Nuova Serie 1/2 | 2021
Arabella Cifani, Franco Monetti
Novità per Ottaviano Monfort e Francesco Gerolamo Foresti. Nuovi studi e nuove scoperte sulla natura morta in Piemonte tra Seicento e Settecento
The painter and illuminator Ottaviano Monfort was known until 1990 only through a group of miniatures, depicting still lifes, or sacred scenes more rarely, climbed between 1680-1689. The essay presents new documentary evidence, including the birth certificate. He belonged to a family that held positions and esteem among the Savoys. It is probable that he saw works by Fede Galizia (1578-1630). The influence of Giovanna Garzoni, who lived at the Turin court between 1632 and 1637, is fundamental: Monfort is the stylistic heir in Piedmont. Other artists re-emerge with him, notably Carlo Conti author of still life, son of the Roman painter Vincenzo. Based on the discovery of signed and dated works, also reappears one of the missing links of this chain of Piedmontese still life painting: Francesco Gerolamo Foresti, student of Monfort, whose works of the first twenty years of the eighteenth century and fundamental documents of his life are presented.