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Title Interior of an Italian Cottage
Collection Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Artist Santoro, Rubens (Italian painter, b.1859-1942)
Date Earliest possibly about 1829
Date Latest possibly about 1895
Signed yes
Description The painting depicts a cottage interior with two women, one seated to the left of the fireplace, and the other kneeling to the right thereof; they appear to be looking at one another. There is also a wealth of still-life detail around them. Vegetables lie on the floor, while a hen pecks at the ground. Pots and utensils of various kinds are on the floor, on the fireplace and on the walls. A broom is propped up against the wall, with a coal shovel. Sunshine is pouring into the room from somewhere to the left of the scene, beyond the frame.
Current Accession Number ABDAG003880
Former Accession Number 02.1.39
Inscription front ll 'P.R. Santoro Roma'
Subject interior; still life; everyday life; figure
Measurements 42.0 x 55.7 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Primrose-Leslie 1902.

Son of the painter and sculptor Giovanni Battista Santoro (1809-1895), Rubens Santoro studied for one year in Naples with Domenico Morelli. However, he disliked formal education and instead found most of the inspiration for his work on his many travels, through Italy and further afield. He exhibited widely - in Paris, Turin, Chicago, Buenes Aires and Barcelona - and won a gold medal in Palermo in 1892 with his painting Pescarenico, which was subsequently acquired by the King of Italy, Umberto I.

His work was sold through Goupils in Paris, and through them came into contact with British buyers. He visited London often, where he came to be regarded as the best modern painter of Venetian scenes, for which he was best known, but he also painted interiors, as here, marine and oriental subjects. He is represented in many public collections, including those at Capodimonte, Naples and the Museum of Modern Art in Milan.

Rights Owner Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Author Jennifer Melville



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