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Giberto Borromeo Arese, three etched landscapes


A) End of forest on the shore of Lake Maggiore, 1870; signed and dated in the plate Borromeo 70; Mezzetti 149. To the platemark 165 x 235 mm, the entire sheet measuring 316 x 415 mm.
B) Castellamare, 1870; monogrammed, titled and dated in the plate (G. B) Castellamare. 70; Mezzetti 150. To the platemark 170 x 269 mm, the entire sheet measuring 318 x 417 mm.
C) Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore; Mezzetti 155. To the platemark 172 x 261 mm, the entire sheet measuring 317 x 420 mm.
All the three prints are fine, rich impressions printed with black ink on the same kind of white wove paper. All the three are slightly foxed, otherwise they are in very good condition.

The son of count Vitaliano, Giberto studied law at the Collegio Borromeo in Pavia. After his father's death, as the firstborn, he held important public offices, such as Curator of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, counselor of the Brera Academy and member of the board of directors of the Fabbrica del Duomo (the Factory of the Milan cathedral). Since his youth, he devoted himself to painting, which he did not abandon all his life. A pupil of Luigi Ashton, he turned for advice also to Antonio Fontanesi. He specialized in the genre of landscape, reaching personal achievements, which set him apart from his teachers and other Lombard artists of his time. Giberto Borromeo was also a skillful etcher, whose prints fully confirm his independent and original artistic vein.


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