Giovanni Battista Ruoppolo (attr., 1629-1693), Still life with white and red bunches of grapes, leaves, peaches and apples. Estimate 30 000 €. Photo Nagel Auktionen

Oil on canvas. Rest. 88 x 107 cm

Giovanni Battista Ruoppolo ranks among the most important artists specializing in Still Life in Neapolitan 17th century painting. He follows Caravaggio’s Roman school, such as the artitst Salini or Cerquozzi, but Luca Forte and the young Porpora became important guides for his stylistic development, too. His early work reflects his addiction to naturalism, but since circa 1670 an alteration to Baroque style, influenced by coevals working at Rome, such as Michelangelo Cerquozzi, Mario dei Fiori (in fact Mario Nuzzi) and Abraham Brueghel (who established himself since 1675 at Naples), can be remarked. As we can note a very vibrant and extensive arrangement of fruits and foliage, appearing in a sober light in front of a dark backround, the painting at hand might be a work from his later working period, showing the typical elements of the Baroque age with the accentuation on the decorative ensemble.

Nagel Auktionen. Sale 715, 08 October