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The life of Celentano

Bernardo Celentano




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  28 JULY 1891


Bernardo Celentano was born in Naples February 23, 1835 at n. 8 via S. Teresa degli Scalzi and died in Rome July 28, 1863. He attended the Academy of Naples under the leadership of Mancinelli and was a pupil of Louis Stable. Artist of the great qualities, with a strong quenching supported by a wide-ranging; unfortunately did not have the nature of physical qualities equal to those he had as an artist and died at the age of 28, abruptly ending a rapid rise, which surely would have made him one of the more prominent members of the Neapolitan painting. Along with Domenico Morelli and Filippo Palizzi was one sprocket movement that towards the middle of the century in Naples, went to a great artistic renewal towards finding a personal realism, contrasting the strict academic rules hitherto applied. In spite of his life was short, he produced several works, all significant for the warm, festive color and the harmony of the composition of the subjects in which predominates an intuitive thought and philosophical. Cesare Fracassini and grandson Oscar Ricciardi were undoubtedly among those most resented his influence. Some works: The Count of Caserta, exposed in Naples in 1851; St. Stanislaus Kostka communicated by the Angels, exposed in Naples in 1855; Benvenuto Cellini, St. Francis Xavier to Japan, followed by a church in Dublin; The young Dante misunderstood; The madness of Tasso. His masterpiece "The Council of Ten" is jealously in the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Rome, in a room dedicated to him. This work was performed in Florence in 1861 and the sketch was in the collection Ingegnoli Milan. In the Gallery of Modern Art in the latter city are preserved three other of his paintings.

Portrait of Bernardo Celentano painted by Domenico Morelli 1859

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