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Self-portrait

Painting, 1887, 59.5×49.3 cm

Description of the artwork «Self-portrait»

Two other self-portraits by Cammarano are known: the first, done at a very young age, in charcoal, is kept at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples; the second, datable to after 1868, is recorded as being in the Giovanni Resi collection. The second, dated after 1868, is recorded as being in the Giovanni Resi collection. The one on view, which is unpublished, was painted in his maturity, in Rome, where the artist had moved since 1868. After the Neapolitan beginnings under the guidance of Smargiassi and the frequentation of Domenico Morelli, Bernardo Celentano, Lista and others; the contact with Nicola and Filippo Palizzi; the adventure following Garibaldi; the meeting in Florence with the Macchiaioli; his stay in Paris in contact with Courbet, Delacroix, Ingres, Millet and Rosseau. On his return to Rome, precisely at the time he painted this self-portrait, Cammarano abandoned his search for integral realism, which had marked much of his work up until then, to devote himself to painting composition. And the following year, commissioned by the Italian government, he went to Massaua to create his monumental work The Battle of Dogali, celebrating five hundred Italians killed, to which he devoted five years of work. Biancale's words ("Cammarano e Courbet" in Nuova Antologia - 1935) are well suited to this self-portrait, emphasising in Cammarano "painting from life, chiaroscuro, the total arabesque of a body". These notes were passed on by him to his pupils to whom he devoted himself in his last years when he succeeded Filippo Plaizzi in the chair at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples.


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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Portrait

Style of art: Realism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1887

Size: 59.5×49.3 cm