All the work of Fetti, a painter of great interest who remains, in some ways, an enigmatic figure. He was trained in the late Mannerist period, but also drew decisive inspiration from the arrival of Rubens in Italy and his interest in Flemish painting.
[Fetti / Complete works] In spite of his short career (little more than one decade), Domenico Fetti (Rome 1588/89 – Venice 1624) was certainly one of the most original painters Italy produced in the 1600s, capable of expressing himself both on a monumental scale and a smaller scale, as in the series of the Parables, some of the most admired and often copied paintings of the day. The profound humanity, expressive force, uninhibited brushstrokes and use of color, the courageous personal language of his paintings, often created in thematic series for the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua by order of Federico Gonzaga, his patron, constitute important contributions to the culture of painting in the 1600s.
The volume, with an introductory essay, gathers for the first time all the documentation on Fetti’s life, along with an annotated catalogue of his works, including the many false copies.