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Title Fruit, Flowers and Birds
Collection Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Artist Attributed to Pace del Campidoglio, Michele (Italian painter, probably 1610- probably 1670)
Date Earliest possibly about 1635
Date Latest possibly about 1665
Description Michele Pace del Campidoglio, an Italian artist who lived and worked entirely in Rome, was known for his still life painting, of which this is apparently a typical example. The abundant scene of fruit and flowers carries an ambiguous message - that of the fertility and plenty of Nature's produce, coupled with the very transience of that life. This is particularly emphasised in the inclusion of the birds - the beautiful live one contrasted with the limp dead creature in the foreground of the painting.
Current Accession Number TWCMS:B9995
Former Accession Number SAG 346
Subject still life; animal (bird)
Measurements 93.2 x 117.9 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by J. A. D. Shipley, 1909.
Publications Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1917, no. 346 attributed to Niccolo van der Brach; Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1921, no. 346 attributed to Niccolo van der Brach; Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1951, no. 346.
Notes Previously attributed to Niccolo van der Brach, the current attribution has stood since the 1950s. In 2002, Caroline Worthington, the Pilgrim Trust researcher, noted that the only certain material on Pace del Campidoglio relates to his paintings for Cardinal Flavio Chigi (documented from 1658-1660). Influenced by Brueghel and Jan Fyt, no signed still lives by him are known.
Rights Owner The Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead (Tyne and Wear Museums)
Author Elizabeth van der Beugel



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