Marco De Gregorio (1829 - 1876)

Procession

Oil on canvas, cm 53 x 44

Frame cm 55,5 x 46

Marco De Gregorio (Resin, 1829 - 1876)

Marco De Gregorio (Resin, 1829 - 1876)

Procession

Oil on canvas, cm 53 x 44

Frame cm 55,5 x 46

The work can be attributed to the hand of Marco De Gregorio (1829-1876) painter born in Resina (now Ercolano, in the province of Naples). He attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples where he was particularly interested in historical painting. In 1858 hosted the landscape painter Federico Rossano in his home in Portici and from 1863 the two painter friends, along with the young Apulian Giuseppe De Nittis and the Tuscan Adriano Cecioni, gave life to the artistic movement called the Resìna School, which were joined by various artists, including Raffaele Belliazzi, Alceste Campriani, Antonino Leto and Edoardo Dalbono. The painting motifs of the Resìna School were similar to those of the Tuscan school of Pergentina, to which belonged Raffaello Sernesi, Giuseppe Abbati and Silvestro Legaː tonal relationship of colors, love for the real landscape and the scenes of everyday life, compositional clarity, a touch of sentimentality, or intimacy. The chromatic finesse of the painters of the Resìna School was distinguished from the garish chromatism, to which much of the Posillipo School had landed. The most famous works by Marco De Gregorio, which he made in the sixties and seventies of the nineteenth century, are View of Porta Grande and View of Casacalenda (both exhibited at the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte in Naples), Arab market at the Galleria dell'Accademia (Naples). In 1872 the painter from Campania went to Florence, to establish more relationships with the Macchiaioli, previously known through Adriano Cecioni. Other works of his are kept in Naples, in the Museum of San Martino.  A country scene is depicted in this painting. In the background there is the facade of a church, distinguishable from the rose window at the top left, and a building from whose window there are some people who observe the procession that is rising on the square below. In the procession you can recognize some women dressed in white and with their head covered by a long veil, a little girl wearing a brightly colored dress and holding a cross and the priest, represented on the left, intent on reciting some homily. In the foreground, detached from the procession, the presence of a man who stumbles proudly and wears a military uniform, a tricorn concluded by a high plumage and holds a scepter in his hand. It is a painting of great realism, where the colors are spread out in fast and close strokes and the points of light stand out thanks to the most dense and scratchy brushwork.

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