Italian painter, Venetian school (b. 1737, Venezia, d. 1797, Venezia)
The Sala del Maggior Consiglio, Doge’s Palace
Oil on canvas, 155 x 187 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin
Italian painter, the son and pupil of the more famous painter Gaspare Diziani. Antonio was mainly active as a painter of landscapes in and around Venice. In 1774 he was elected a member of the Painting and Sculpture Academy in Venice. His landscapes show the influence of Marco Ricci in both composition and colouring as well as technique; like Ricci he often executed gouaches. A large collection of these works can today be found in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Venice and in the Museo Civico in Padua.
Antonio Diziani also collaborated with his father as is evident in the green tonalities of the frescoes in Villa Barbini in Caselle d’Asolo. His last activity is noted in 1797 in Venice.
Sigmund Streit, a German merchant who lived in Venice and Padua, commissioned a cycle of six Venetian feasts and ceremonies from Antonio Diziani. These scenes stress the dramatic intersection of people and place, presenting the Serenissima as perpetual theatre. This painting depicts the Sala del Maggior Consiglio, the Republic’s seat of government.
French engraver (b. 1682, Paris, d. 1739, Paris)
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Louis Desplaces was a French printmaker and draftsman. This little known artist was perhaps the most colourful of all the engravers of his time. He was an excellent interpreter of Rubens, Veronese and especially Largillière. His work (about 75 sheets) includes reproductions of paintings from the Galerie du Palais Royal, works for the Cabinet Crozat, and for the Recueil Jullienne, as well as various portraits and other pieces.
The Spring was engraved after a painting from the series Four Seasons by Watteau for a compendium of prints after Watteau: L’oeuvre d’Antoine Watteau (volume I). The painting was destroyed by fire in 1966.
The other parts of the series was also engraved: the Summer by Marie-Jeanne Renard Dubos; the Autumn by Etienne Fessard; and the Winter by Jean Audran.
Georges Blind, a Member of the French Resistance, Smiling at a German Firing Squad. October 1944