Giacinto Gigante, Untitled [View of a Bridge over a Gorge at the Villa Floridiana, 1826, Ink wash over graphite on wove paper, 21.0 x 29.8 cm (support). Gift of Emanuel Laufer, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2016, with assistance from the Dr. S.T. Laufer and Mrs. Irmgard Laufer Endowment.
Gigante’s Mechanical Eye: Views of 19th Century Naples
Gigante’s Mechanical Eye: Views of 19th Century Naples focuses on a series of 11 landscape drawings using ink wash over graphite that were completed in 1826 during the early stages of the artist’s career as a landscape artist. These drawings were last exhibited publicly at the Mostra del Giardino Italiano in Florence in 1931. This series highlights Gigante’s ability to compose detailed landscapes of impressive views of Naples with accuracy and precision. With an emphasis on vantage point, perspective, and composition, they represent a point in Gigante’s artistic career when he began to receive wider recognition throughout Naples.