Nice from Villafranca – Sunset
by Ippolito Caffi


Country of origin: Italy

Medium: Oil on panel

Signed: Inscribed to label verso

Dated: c. 1851

Condition: Unrestored original condition

Size: 7.25" x 9.50" (18.4cm x 24.1cm)

Framed size: 7.75" x 10.00" (19.7cm x 25.4cm)

Provenance: Private collection - Canada

Further information

This work compares to another known work by Caffi which was exhibited at the Museo Correr in Venice as part of the exhibition "From Venice to the Orient" (see attached image)
The work is on a Muller Fils artists panel which was produced between 1842 and 1854 which helps us date the painting accurately to Caffi's period in Nice in 1851 / 1852

Artist biography

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Born 1809, in Belluno, near Venice; died 20 July 1866, in Lissa.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman. Genre scenes, architectural views, seascapes.
Caffi was a pupil at the fine art school in Venice from 1827 to 1831, then went to Rome, where he was a drawing teacher for a number of years. In 1843, he set off for Greece, Egypt and Nubia. His work Venice Carnival was shown at the Paris Exhibition of 1846. He played an active and militant role in the Venice revolution of 1848-1849 and died at sea, on board the ship Re d'Italia, during the naval battle of Lissa. His architectural views, orientalist views, seascapes and carnivals were meticulously painted. His handling of light made the forms stand out clearly, in serene compositions with strong tonalities.

Museum and Gallery Holdings

Rennes: Desert Caravan
Trieste (Civico Mus. Revoltella): Night Festival in Venice; Roman Peasants
Venice (Ca' Pesaro, Gal. Internazionale d'Arte Moderna): Ruins of the Ibn Tulun Mosque (1844); Simoon in the Desert (1844)