Giacomo Francesco Cipper
Of German origin, Cipper was working in Milan in the first half of the 18th century. A highly productive painter of landscapes in the caravaggesca manner, his first attributed work is dated 1700; he operated in Lombardy and in the Veneto (see for instance his Hunters and greengrocers, at the Gallery Campori, Modena; and his Family of peasants at Venice in the Galleries of the Academy). Subsequently, the artist, perhaps under the influence of the Cerruti (some of whose works were once attributed to him), moved away from the scrupulous observation of detail, replacing it with a less representational vision, one more sensitive to the play of light.
His last known work is Self-portrait (1736), now at Hampton Court Palace.
- Painters of reality: the legacy of Leonardo and Caravaggio in Lombardy, an exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on Cipper (see index)
- (Italian) Biography
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