(Palermo, 1870 – 1931)
“Veduta di Palermo con Monte Pellegrino"
Oil on canvas. 69 x 97 cm Signed “M.Mirabella” on bottom right.
Frame size: approx. 95 x 124 x 6 cm.
Notes: The painting is signed on the bottom right. With certificate of warranty and lawful origin. Artwork with coeval gilded and hand-carved frame (with some defects):
Very valuable work for its artistic and economic value, made by the well-known artist Mario Mirabella (Palermo, 1870-1931), considered one of the greatest Sicilian masters of the nineteenth century in Italy. The painting - in good visual condition - depicts a classical subject in the artist’s iconography of that period.
The canvas represents a beautiful view of the countryside of Palermo, with the view of the characteristic Monte Pellegrino in the background, with some vegetation on the right with the typical Sicilian flora. On the centre up to the left side the immense countryside is visible, bordered by a small road that runs along. In the wide-ranging view, the silhouette of the mountain hit by the morning sun's rays appears illuminated by a light suffocated by clouds that blends in the background with a blue sky crossed by clouds, forecasting the enchantment of a beautiful morning. At the same time, the gradations of the color of the soil in the foreground change from an intense green (on the farthest stretch) to lighter shades towards the field. Where the sun reverberates on the ground some warm reflections of golden-yellow are present.
In this “Veduta di Palermo con Monte Pellegrino" the background is rich of magical contrasts, majesty and sweetness, which were so loved in the 18th century and in the age of Romanticism – the scene is pervaded by a dazzling and vibrant light. The sun that radiates its light on the ground, on the mountains and on the vegetation, is the absolute protagonist of a romantically intense image of Sicily, characterized by a refined research on the bright tones of light and a lively sense of color. The artist created his way of representing a splendid combination between pictorial narration and the realism of his landscapes.
This is certainly a work worthy of the lesson of the great master Francesco Lojacono, probably made in 1900 ca. The artist adheres totally to the naturalism of the master following his schemes and luminist effects, and like other Sicilian pupils, he takes up themes already addressed by him (Bruno, “Tre Generazioni di Pittori”, “I Mirabella una famiglia di pittori a Palermo”, Elledizioni 2001 (pp. 21-37). “The constant exercise of the study from life of Lojacono led him to wander in the most fascinating places in Sicily, also going as far as the Neapolitan coast itinerary. The same stages were then retraced and re-proposed on canvas by his own pupils, when they did not visit those places following the master”) without straying in the least from those pictorial schemes, nor indulging in the just fragmented painting made of very short touches of colour that Lojacono would later adopt when making (perhaps at the request of the client) the works of the Sinatra collection. On the other hand, this definite form of "captivating vedutismo" followed by Lojacono and his school, first of all in Mario Mirabella, was the one the most requested by the Sicilian bourgeois society, together with the choice of horizontal formats for the views. Mirabella seems to adhere to the prototypes of the master. Even if he did not reach the technical levels of careful and acute analysis of reality carried out by his master, it appears today, more than in the past, how he was an extraordinary artist and interpreter of the Sicilian landscape, widely sought after and appreciated. Perhaps his misfortune, like that of other contemporary Sicilian artists, was to have totally adhered to the pictorial manner of his master, accepted and praised in life by the public and critics. Hence Lojacono with his innate talent ended up involuntarily obscuring or reducing remarkable pictorial personalities who gravitated close to him, such as Mirabella, the artist of this painting.
The present painting seems to be inspired – with different perspectives – by works by Francesco Lojacono such as the famous “Vedute di Palermo con Monte Pellegrino”, a subject that the latter performed repeatedly, being a theme dear to him. Mario Mirabella made several versions on the theme of the views of Palermo with the Monte Pellegrino, all with variations, which immediately received considerable public success.
An artwork of good pictorial quality made with attention to details. In good condition. The surface has a patina on the paint; in addition, in low sunlight you can see the features of the spread colours and the direction of brush strokes.
The work of excellent artistic and chromatic rendering bears the artist's signature at the bottom right (See photo). The artwork comes from a purchase in an important antique shop, so it comes with a certificate of lawful origin. The painting, of good pictorial hand, is with a beautiful coeval gilded and hand-carved frame, an integral part of the work. Frame size: approx. 95 x 124 x 6 cm, with some flaws. The painting has some traces of dirt caused by time, signs that testify the actual age of the work. There are also some folds due to the stretcher that ought to be fixed. The frame shown in the pictures attached was added to the artwork by the seller or a third party. It is kindly provided at no extra cost, so that the artwork is ready to be hung as soon as it arrives. The frame is offered as a gift and is not to be considered as an integral part of the artwork. Therefore, any potential damage to the frame that does not affect the artwork itself it will not be accepted as valid grounds for opening a complaint or requesting cancellation of the order.
Origin: private collection.
I Miti e il Territorio nella Sicilia dalle mille culture. INEDITA QUADRERIA general catalogue of the paintings from the collection of the series “I Miti e il Territorio”, publisher Lab_04, Marsala, 2022.
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