Giacinto Gigante – View of Naples from Marinella


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Signed with a brush, G. Gigante (lower right). Pencil with watercolour and white lead on taupe paper. Hinged to an old backing card. Indistinctly inscribed verso and numbered WD206 73-S in pencil. Presented in a new mount with an old, gilded oak frame.

Watercolour: 5 1/2 x 12 7/8 in. (14 x 32.8 cm.)
Image: 5 x 12 1/2 in. (12.7 x 31.7 cm.)
Frame: 11 7/8 x 19 1/4 in. (30.2 x 48.9 cm.)


Gigante, Giacinto (1806-1876)

Giacinto Gigante was born on July 11, 1806, in Posillipo, Naples. He was the first son of Gaetano Gigante and Anna Maria Fatati. His brothers Achille Gigante (1823–1846) and Ercole Gigante (1815–1860) also became landscape artists. He trained in the style of Jacob Philipp Hackert and was influenced by the technical drawing carried out at the Royal Institute of Fine Arts. Gigante began his artistic education in 1818 and began producing landscapes and portraits. Among his early works is Vecchio pescatore seduto which, next to the signature, is inscribed: "This sailor was the first figure that I made from life, in 1818." In 1820, together with the painter Achille Vianelli, Gigante began to privately frequent the atelier of Jacob Wilhelm Hüber, an academic German landscape painter. Hüber taught his students the use of the "optical camera" or "camera lucida": with this instrument, Gigante could retrace the outline of a landscape on paper as a preliminary study. Having left Hüber, Gigante completed his course of study in 1821 under the guidance of Antonie Sminck Pitloo, a Dutch painter with an atelier in the neighbourhood of Chiaia. Around 1826 he was living in Naples in Vicoletto del Vasto 15, with Van Pitloo, Carl Götzloff and Teodoro Duclère (Duclerc). He was related by marriage to Achille Vianelli. In 1837, Pitloo having died during a cholera epidemic, Gigante solidified his social standing as the primary exponent of the School of Posillipo. In the same year, he even went to live in the house of the master in Chiaia. In 1844, thanks to the proceeds of various Russian commissions, he was able to buy a personal mansion on the slopes of Vomero. After several trips to Sicily (in 1846, following the czarina Alessandra) and Sorrento (in 1848), Gigante encountered Bourbon social circles. He received commissions of Gaeta vistas from the court of Ferdinand II of Naples. Gigante died in Naples on November 29, 1876.