Oil on сanvas
47,5 x 60
Sylvester Schedrin employs here the motif of a “landscape interior”, formed by the greenery of the trees and permeated with light and air. The location of the terrace, with its distinctive architecture, was established thanks to drawings made by unknown nineteenth century amateur artists. Among the drawings were found sketches of that same terrace, with an inscription testifying that they portrayed the settlement of Capuccino near Sorrento. Schedrin particularly enjoyed painting Naples’s colourful poor. In his searches for figures typical of Italy, the artist also depicted monks and a Catholic priest.
Schedrin, Sylvester Feodosiyevich
1791, St Petersburg - 1830, Sorrento
Painter, landscapist. Son of Feodosius Schedrin, professor of sculpture at the Imperial Academy of Arts. Studied landscape painting under Mikhail Ivanov at the Imperial Academy of Arts (from 1800). Awarded a major gold medal (1811) and first-class certificate (1812). Remained at the Imperial Academy of Arts to perfect his art. Contributed to exhibitions of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1813-15, 1820, 1824, 1827) and the Society for the Encouragement of Artists (1826-27). Fellow of the Imperial Academy of Arts in Italy (1818). Settled in Rome. Lived in Naples (1819-20), Rome, Tivoli, Subiaco and Albano (1821-25) and Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi and Capri (1825-30). Travelled across north Italy and Switzerland (1829). Died and buried in Sorrento (1830).