barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)

An Architectural Capriccio

1829

Pencil and watercolour

180 x 234 mm

 

Migliara was a scenery painter who turned to small-scale works after 1810, owing to illness. His precise, jewel-like technique and theatrical settings found much favour with patrons in his native Milan and further afield. His works are extremely rare in Britain. 

As the title of this watercolour suggests, this scene is an architectural fantasy. It shows members of the young aristocracy visiting the classical ruins of Milan. Migliara was known for displaying a great sensitivity to light and tone in his watercolours, and an in-depth knowledge of perspective. In 1822 he was appointed Professor of Perspective at the Academia di Bella Arti, Milan.

Purchased 2007 (No.2007.2)

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