Rome Cavalieri Art Collection
ULYSSES DISCOVERS ACHILLES AMONG THE DAUGHTERS OF LYCOMEDES
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Venice 1696 - Madrid 1770)
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo was undisputedly the greatest Venetian and European painter of his period. The large painting called "Ulysses discovering Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes" celebrates the virtues of eloquence and intellect. On the eve of the Trojan War, the goddess Thetis, Achilles' mother, knew her son would die if he fought for the Greeks. She entrusted him to King Lycomedes, who disguised him as one of his daughters. The Greeks however, would stop at nothing to recruit Achilles into their ranks, following a prophecy that they could not gain victory without him. So they sent the extremely cunning Ulysses to track him down. Having reached the island of Skyros, Ulysses laid a vast selection of treasures before the eyes of Lycomedes' daughters, including jewels, ornaments, and an out-of-place sword. The painting portrays the instant when Ulysses has one of his comrades sound a trumpet, as if warning of an enemy attack. Despite his female disguise, Achilles instinctively reaches for the sword, and thus Ulysses, in the red cloak, is able to identify him.
THE AUDIENCE OF THE EMPEROR
Beauvais Tapestry, 1725
This extremely rare giant tapestry is one of a series of ten entitled The History of the King of China. There is one at the Metropolitan in New York, a few at the Getty Museum and the rest in private collections in Europe. Four dignitaries pay hommage to the Emperor while a European princess arrives on a chariot. Note the Forbidden City in the left background.
SELECTION OF FOUR FRENCH CLOCKS
An assorted collection of precious and rare French clocks, ranging from Louis XIV to Napoleon III, adorn many of the public areas of the Cavalieri.
Emile Gallé (Nancy 1846-1904)
A selection of the important Gallé collection of over 30 pieces located in the Cigar Room of the three star Michelin™ Restaurant "La Pergola". Gallé was the pioneer and leading initiator of the Art Nouveau style and of the modern renaissance of French art glass.
This series of outstanding Empire bronzes can be found in the Petronius Suite.
MULTI-CHROME MARBLE TABLE
Second Empire (1850)
An exceptional round table with bronze base, multi-chrome marbles and micro-mosaic reproductions of Roman archaeological sites.
THE SHEPHERD BOY AND HIS DOG
Berthel Thorvaldsen (Copenhagen 1770-1844)
The shepherd was inspired by a young Roman model, and the dog by the sculptor's pet Teverino. Although Danish, he lived in Rome and became the favourite sculptor of Pope Pius VII. The prime version of this piece is in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. Along with Canova, Thorvaldsen is considered the greatest of Neo-Classical sculptors.
ROYAL 18TH CENTURY CHAIR SET
The two chairs plus the royal throne, with original gold thread trimmings, are from the Roman palace of the Principi Massimo family. They date from 1740; the letter M stamped in ink proves their provenance. The tapestry in the background is a rare Louis XVI Beauvais (1790) portraying the history of Achilles.
Antonio Tantardini (Milan 1829-1879)
Tantardini was a volunteer in Garibaldi's army and was wounded in the campaigns for a united Italy. With peace, he turned to art. The Kiss is a great example of the quality of his work. Notice the detail of the tilted stool and fallen flowers.
STATUE OF MINOS
Cesare Zocchi (1875-1922)
A white marble statue of Minos, King of Crete, who was punished by Poseidon for his betrayal and sent to the Underworld to become one of the two guardians of Hell.
JUDITH WITH THE HEAD OF HOLOFERNES
Francesco del Cairo (Milan 1607-1665)
Del Cairo was known for the same kind of chiaroscuro employed by Caravaggio. The dramatic contrast between light and shadow here highlights the morbid sensibility of the work as Judith's assistant prepares to shove the head of Holofernes into a sack.
MICRO-MOSAIC OF THE COLISEUM
An exceptional micro-mosaic panel depicting the Coliseum before the restoration undertaken during the Papacy of Pius VII in the early 19th century. The mosaic has the makers mark C. Rinaldi on the bottom right. Rinaldi worked at the Studio del Vaticano during the 19th century.
Andy Warhol's Dollar Signs
Andy Warhol (1981)
"If you're not making money with your art, you have to say it's art. If you are, you have to say it's something else!" Warhol claimed. His dollar signs are reminders that paintings had become consumer items and metaphors for money. "Instead of buying a 200,000 dollar painting, I think you should take that money, tie it up, and hang it on the wall" Warhol said.
THE JUDGEMENT OF PARIS
Giuseppe Bazzani (Mantova 1690-1769)
A romantic Baroque painter, many of Bazzani's works hang in prestigious museums; one is in the Louvre, close to the Mona Lisa. This painting depicts the contest between the three most beautiful goddesses of Olympus for the prize of a golden apple.
Alessandro Magnasco (Genoa 1667-1749)
One of the most seductive artists straddling the 17th and 18th centuries, Magnasco was well known for the drama he brought to his work. Her the torment and ecstasy are transformed into amazement and fascination. Ferdinando de Medici became his patron. Magnasco's paintings are found in the Louvre, the Hermitage, the Getty, the Metropolitan and Florence's Uffizi museums.
DIANA AND ATTEONE
Nicola Vaccaro (Naples 1637-1717)
The hunter Atteone accidentally comes across Diana and her nymphs bathing naked. An infuriated Diana transforms Atteone into a deer who is ultimately eaten by his hunting dogs. The handling of the blue drapery, especially against the pale flesh, is exquisite.
Carlo Cignani (Bologna 1628-Forlì 1719)
Cignani was one of the great masters of the Emilian School in the second half of the 17th century, much appreciated by the Medici and Farnese families, and the Royal Court of Vienna. His work influenced Sebastiano Ricci who was one of his pupils.
THE PAINTER OF THE PRINCES
Frans Snyders (Antwerp 1579-1657)
Snyders is regarded as the most important still-life and animal painter of Flemish art. A friendship with Rubens resulted in joint works, and he also appeared in paintings by Van Dyck. Snyders was one of the early specialists of the animalier and botanical styles.
Giuseppe Zaïs (Venice 1709-1784)
Zaïs was the greatest painter of Venetian landscapes of the 18th century. His work can be found in London's National Gallery and in museums in Paris, Madrid and Berlin. This painting, considered to be his masterpiece, is one of a unique series of four hanging over the reception and concierge desks. It took the owner 30 years of research to reunite all four; he succeeded in finding the last only in 2003 at a Christie's auction.
Michele Antonio Rapous (Turin 1733-1819)
The most prominent painter of the Royal House of Savoy, his paintings are found in most of the Royal Residences in Piedmont. This painting belonged to Gustave Rol, the most famous psychic of the 20th century, whose clairvoyance and spiritualism attracted people like Einstein, de Gaulle and Fellini.
William James (London 1724-1783)
James was a pupil and assistant to Canaletto when he was in England (1746-56). Like his master, his Venetian scenes became famous. His works are exhibited in the Royal Collection, Hampton Court Palace, London.
KING OF POLAND'S COMMODE
A unique gilt bronze Kingwood Parquetry commode from the mid 18th century that belonged to Frederick Augustus II, the Elector of Saxony and King of Poland. It was commissioned by the Palace of Warsaw in 1745 and later acquired by the Rothschild Family for their palace in Vienna.
This remarkable bronze boulle commode with tortoise-shell marquetry greets guests arriving at the Imperial Club floor.
MOSES OPENING THE PASSAGE OF THE RED SEA
18th century Bruxelles Tapestry, signed J. Van der Borcht with the letters BB for Bruxelles Brabant.
THE TRIUMPH OF MARS
Bruxelles Tapestry (1720) Vabain and Daniel Leyniers
Extremely rare because of its size (8m x 4m) and its vibrant colours, this tapestry comes from a series known as the Triumph of the Gods.
Joseph Heintz (1596-1670)
Heintz was the fore-runner of the Venetian school of large "fantastic" scenes of Venetian events. This painting depicts the arrival of the Bucentaur (Bucintoro), a ceremonial barge on which the Venetian Doges would embark every year on Ascension Day to celebrate the ritual of marriage between Venice and the Sea.
LA PERGOLA FOUNTAIN
A stunning white marble 18th century fountain with two magnificent dolphins inspired by Bernini's fountain in Piazza Barberini. It is located at the entrance of La Pergola.
- THE AUDIENCE OF THE EMPEROR
- FRENCH CLOCKS
- EMPIRE BRONZES
- THE SHEPHERD BOY & HIS DOG
- ROYAL 18TH CENTURY CHAIR SET
- THE KISS
- STATUE OF MINOS
- JUDITH WITH THE HEAD OF HOLOFERNES
- MICRO-MOSAIC OF THE COLLISEUM
- ANDY WARHOL'S DOLLAR SIGNS
- THE JUDGEMENT OF PARIS
- ALESSANDRO MAGNASCO
- DIANA AND ATTEONE
- CARLO CIGNANI
- THE PAINTER OF THE PRINCES
- GIUSEPPE ZAÏS
- MICHELE ANTONIO RAPOUS
- WILLIAM JAMES
- KING OF POLAND'S COMMODE
- BOULLE COMMODE
- MOSES OPENING THE PASSAGE OF THE RED SEA
- THE TRIUMPH OF MARS
- JOSEPH HEINTZ
- LA PERGOLA FOUNTAIN