A courtship scene oil on canvas 76 x 106.5cm (29 15/16 x 41 15/16in).
PROVENANCE: Sale, Sotheby's, Milan, 30 May 2006, lot 45
The present painting shows a remarkable interest in realism, leaning almost to the grotesque, which characterises figure subjects in late eighteenth century Neapolitan painting.
Likely to have been a pupil of Francesco Solimena, Carlo Amalfi is regarded as one of the most illustrious Neapolitan portrait painters of the eighteenth century, and in 1772 was mentioned by Luigi Vanvitelli amongst the sixteen painters worthy of the title of Docente in the Accademia del Disegno. Amalfi's oeuvre displays a shift from his initial, official style to a more intimate and informal style which came closer to Gaspare Traversi's lectio.
The attribution of the present painting to Amalfi was confirmed by Professor Nicola Spinosa at the time of the previous sale.