The New Baby

by Giovanni Battista Torriglia


Torriglia’s work is renowned for the superb depiction of interior scenes featuring Italian peasant families. He studied in Florence, where he developed his particular skill of capturing the vibrancy of everyday Italian life. The intricate detail and vivid personalities evident in his figures makes Torriglia stand out from other 19th Century genre painters.   The cosy effect of his interiors contrasts with the glimpses of outer life which we are afforded and his animals and children particularly are portrayed with affectionate knowledge. The figures have a superb feeling of realism and their natural and believable poses underline Torriglia’s firm placing in art history.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 43.0 x 28.5 in./ 109.2 x 72.4 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower right
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 5709 Categories: , ,

Giovanni Battista Torriglia was an Italian painter of genre subjects. He was born in Genoa but his artistic training took place in Florence. He devoted himself to painting scenes of life in the countryside. Themes of charming peasants were in great demand in Italy and throughout Europe towards the end of the 19th Century. Torriglia was particularly adored for his warm and sympathetic view of the wholesomeness of peasant family life. His multi-figured compositions display great visual details enriched further by strong narrative elements.Commissions to decorate the interior of churches in the towns of Sester Levante, Monte Figogna and Salviolan reinforced the popularity of his work.

Paintings by Torriglia hang in many gallery collections throughout the world and there is an example of his in Florence in the Gallery of Modern Art entitled: “Le Premierne”.

Private collection, United Kingdom

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Giovanni Battista Torriglia first took his studies at the Language Academy between 1875-1882. He was the winner of the Durazzo grant in 1886. He later studied in Florence and became friendly with the artist Nicolo Barabino (1832-1891) and at that time he was concentrating very much on religious paintings. 

In 1901 he settled in Tuscany for a number of years with a friend and colleague Tito Lessi (1858-1917). It was at this time that he slowly gave up painting religious and historical subjects and started on the subject of romantic interiors, depicting family life in Italy. His early subjects and his studies of figurative painting certainly stood him in very good stead for what was to become his hallmark of wonderful romantic paintings. The detail he portrayed in his paintings was second to none and his colours were alive with freshness. Each and every figure he portrayed was an individual character.

Paintings by Torriglia hang in many gallery collections throughout the world and there is an example of his in Florence in the Gallery of Modern Art entitled: “Le Premierne”.

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