Paola Picardi

An unknown artist with a well-known name: another Domenico Pellegrini

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The Gallery of the Accademia di San Luca houses a painting representing Samson drinking from the Jawbone of an Ass, submitted by the roman painter Do-menico Pellegrini at the competition «Anonimo Mecenate» announced in 1819 by the Accademia di San Luca. The analysis of the painting allowed the identification of the personality of a painter so far unknown to the scholars, bearing the same name and younger than the celebrated Do-menico Pellegrini of Galliera Veneta, who bequeathed to the Academy a large number of paintings. The homonymy and the contiguity in time and place of their production generated in some cases contamination of data and works. The attempt to reconstruct the profile of the young Pellegrini has been also an opportunity to focus on some details concerning the homonym Venetian painter.

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