Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ottavio Leoni

Ottavio Leoni (1578-1630)
Portrait of a Franciscan Monk of the Monastery of Santa Maria in Aracoeli
Black chalk, heightened with white chalk - 22.7 x 16.2 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyons

Ottavio Leoni (1578-1630),
Galileo Galilei florentino 1624
Drawing:Pierre noire, sanguine, white chalk, fawn paper
23,3 x 15,5 cm,
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Ottavio Leoni (1578-1630)
His Eminence Cardinal Orsini
paper-grey/fawn; black chalk; white chalk
0.229m x 0.157m
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Ottavio Leoni (1578-1630) was one of the most fashionable and successful portraitist working in Rome during the first thirty years of the seventeenth century. He favoured black, red and white chalk on tinted paper, for numerous portrait drawings

His portraits exude the vivid sense of an individual personality, comfortable with himself and at ease with the artist observing him.

He was of the early-Baroque, active mainly in Rome