Guido Cagnacci at the Frick
Post #1786 • January 5, 2017, 3:34 PM
New at The New Criterion, on Guido Cagnacci at the Frick.
Researching this piece brought on a realization: between the death of Guercino in 1666 and the beginning of Canaletto's and Tiepolo's careers in the early 1720s, Italian painting kind of went into the weeds. The biggest figure active during that time was Luca Giordano, and aside from him you're in specialist territory, people like Guiseppe Crespi and Andrea Pozzo. It's a little odd for painting to conk out hard enough to go from Titian to Giordano in eighty years, but apparently it can happen.