Andrea Celesti - Christ before Caiaphas
Christ before Caiaphas
Oil on canvas (relined). 155.5 x 106 cm.
The distinctly flickering style of brushwork seen in this work is one of the defining characteristics of the Venetian artist Andrea Celesti. He combines various stylistic sources in his oeuvre, including baroque, naturalist and tenebrist elements. Celesti was appointed a cavalier in 1681, and left Venice for the terraferma to travel throughout Europe. During a stay in Linz he contributed to the painting of the altarpiece at St. Florian's basilica. Charles-Nicholas Cochin and Jean-Honoré Fragonard were among Celesti's greatest admirers, and he was of great importance for the development of the rococo style in Venice and Austria in the early 18th century.
The G. Calligari collection, Terzo d'Aquileia, 1960 (see label to the frame). - Private collection, Italy.
"Mostra del 600 a Venezia e nel Veneto", 1959 (see label to the frame) - "Mostra Collezionista Isontino", Gorizia, 1960 (see label to the frame).