Pair of still lives
Imola, Bologna, Italy
Museo di San Domenico
Francesco Codino (Franz Godin)
First decades of the seventeenth century
inv. n. 59; 60
Oil on canvas
39 x 54 cm
This pair of paintings are from the collection of the Counts Calderini from Imola. In 1878, they were bequest to the municipality along with other works of art by Count Vincenzo. They were clearly pendants. On the table in the foreground fruit, flowers and dead birds are displayed. This follows the still life style of German and Flemish tables as human traces are practically absent. These two pictures by Codino depict objects showing the social status of the owner such as the highly valuable ceramics alongside symbols which allude to the fragility of human things. Flowers for example with their short life invite a meditation on time passing. Codino’s style strongly mimics reality, with an objective and clear filing of artificial and natural objects. The two works can be connected with the German still life school, namely to the production of Soreau and Peter Binoit, for the repeated repertory of objects and for the representation of the picture plane from a very near point of view.View Short Description
The name Francesco Codino (Italian translation from the German Franz Godin) and the date are inscribed on the lower left in the painting bearing inventory n. 59: “F.o C.[no] 16”.
Both pictures come as bequests from the collection of the Counts Calderini, from Imola.
Pedrini, C. Catalogo della Pinacoteca di Imola, Bologna, 1988, pp. 172-173.
Copyright image: Archivio fotografico Musei Civici di Imola.
Oriana Orsi "Pair of still lives" in Discover Baroque Art , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;BAR;it;Mus13;17;en&id=still_life
Prepared by: Oriana OrsiOriana Orsi
AFFILIATION: Musei Civici, Imola
CV: graduated and specialized in History of Art at the University of Bologna, curator of the Musei Civici di Imola. She cares for the collections and organizes exhibitions; she also collaborates with the Soprintendenza ai beni storico artistici of Bologna and with the University. She is a specialist in cataloguing works of art and she has written many papers about this subject; since 2004 she is colloborating with the Assessorato alla cultura of the Province of Ferrara about the project Este Court Archive (www.eca.ferrara.it) for the reconstruction of the Ferrarese cultural heritage at the court of the Este family.
Translation by: Antonella MampieriAntonella Mampieri
AFFILIATION: Musei Civici d’Arte Antica, Bologna
TITLE: Art Hitorian
Graduated and specialised at the University of Bologna. She is a specialist in Bolognese late Baroque art, namely sculpture. Among other subjects she has been studying nineteenth-century funerary art in the Bologna monumental cemetery, la Certosa.
Translation copyedited by: Lisa Kelman
MWNF Working Number: IT2 18