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LUIGI SABATELLI
(Florence 1772 - Milan 1850)
LA CONGIURA DEI PAZZI. LORENZO E GIULIANO DE' MEDICI ASSALITI NEL DUOMO DI FIRENZE DA FRANCESCO E RAIMONDO DE' PAZZI

Black chalk, 495 x 765 mm.

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PROVENANCE: Damiano Pernati (1769-1841)
See the original label.

In Luigi Sabatelli's autobiography, edited by his son Gaetano and published in Milan in 1900, Sabatelli talks about one of his etchings, commissioned from him by Luciano Bonaparte:
In Firenze, mentre ch’io dipingevo, ebbi da Luciano Napoleone, a cui avevo fatto un disegnino rappresentante un fatto della storia fiorentina per decorare la storia ch’egli stava scrivendo di quella repubblica, la commissione di incidere in rame nella stessa misura la “Congiura dei Pazzi”. Questo degno signore era nipote (sic) dell’imperatore Napoleone, ed aveva incaricato molti artisti per i soggetti di questa storia, ma essendo morto, il mio rame andò in Francia.
See Cenni biografici sul cav. prof. Luigi Sabatelli scritti da lui medesimo e raccolti dal figlio Gaetano, pittore (a cura di C. Stroppa Pedrazzi), Milan 1900 p. 26, and also p. 34.

We do not know any impression of this lost plate, and it is not clear whether the drawing used as model for the etching was commissioned by Luciano Bonaparte or rather it was a drawing made in a previous period and the artist only received the commission of its graphic transcription. But we certainly know that this drawing was present in the collection of the Novara nobleman Damiano Pernati, a friend of Sabatelli since his first stay in Rome. The drawing was in fact described as in the Pernati collection ...lo stupendo disegno della Congiura de' Pazzi..., by the historian Leone Tettoni. See Il cavaliere D. Damiano Pernati incisore all’acquaforte e la sua famiglia patrizia novarese. Cenni genealogico-biografico-storici di Leone Tettoni, Turin, 1874.

REFERENCES
Il cavaliere D. Damiano Pernati incisore all’acquaforte e la sua famiglia patrizia novarese. Cenni genealogico-biografico-storici di Leone Tettoni, Turin, 1874.
Cenni biografici sul cav. prof. Luigi Sabatelli scritti da lui medesimo e raccolti dal figlio Gaetano, pittore (a cura di C. Stroppa Pedrazzi), Milan 1900.

Sabatelli was the most talented of the Tuscan painters of the generation after Pietro Benvenuti. He was born in the house of Marchese Pier Roberto Capponi, in Florence, while his own father was in domestic service there. The Marchese Capponi was Sabatelli's early sponsor, financing his education at the Florentine Academy and his sojourns in Rome and Venice. In 1808 Luigi Sabatelli was appointed to the chair of painting at the Brera Academy in Milan. There he remained over forty years, although he continued to carry out commissions in Tuscany. During his mature years, Sabatelli established himself as a decorator and fresco painter, with numerous public and private commissions. Sabatelli was a fine painter and one of the premier pre-romantic draftsmen of nineteenth century Italy. He was also an accomplished etcher. See Beatrice Paolozzi Strozzi, Luigi Sabatelli, disegni e incisioni, catalogue of the exhibition at the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi, Florence, 1978.

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