by Rosanna Nobilitato
The Department of Nineteenth-Century Paintings realised a total of 385,862 euro in the first part of 2017 with a percentage of lots sold of 55.7% and lots sold in terms of value of 137.3%. The results may indeed be interpreted as a sign of the ever-growing vitality revolving around and within the area of the collecting of nineteenth-century painting. One of the semester’s best results was an oil on canvas by Filippo Carcano depicting Vapori in ormeggio a Venezia (“Steamboats mooring in Venice”) which was sold for 47,120 euro and a painting entitled Sogni di giovinezza (“Dreams of Youth”) by Luigi Rossi, a painter from the 1890’s who changed his Realist inclinations towards a more dreamy sort of symbolism, which went under the hammer for 34,720 euro. Last of all, The Balia (“The Nanny”) by Federico Andreotti, one of the painter’s finest works, a true image of family serenity, went under the hammer for 32,240 euro.