A Good Vintage, Ludovico Marchetti
  • Artist
    Ludovico Marchetti
  • Born
    1853
  • Died
    1909
  • Title
    A Good Vintage
  • Date of Production
    1886
  • Medium
    oil on panel
  • Dimensions
    33.3 x 22.3cm
  • Credit Details
    Purchased, 1887

Ludovico Marchetti

A Good Vintage

Following studies in Rome,  Marchetti left for France where he was to remain until his death in 1909. An exhibitor in Paris, Munich and Berlin, Marchetti specialized in period pieces - genre paintings derived from the 16th - 18th centuries.  In these images  troubadours, cavaliers and courtesans with their bright costumes, were a favorite subject.  In The Good Vintage however the monk's habit is skillfully painted to reveal the rough texture of the cloth, while a sign proclaims the ancient adage in vino veritas (in wine there is truth).  This scene with its jolly monk  is interpreted in the Gallery's 1924 descriptive catalogue as follows:

"…The merry twinkle in his eye and rubicund visage alike declare him an enemy of fasting, and noting the affectionate care with which he is nursing his three bottles of wine, we scarcely need telling that he has been paying a surreptitious visit to the monastic cellar and is reveling in joyous anticipation of an evening's bibulous enjoyment…."