Vincente Giner* (active 1660-80)
Vincente Giner* (active 1660-80)

A Mediterranean Port with Levantines on a Quay by Classical Ruins, and Travellers embarking on Galleys beyond

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Vincente Giner* (active 1660-80)
A Mediterranean Port with Levantines on a Quay by Classical Ruins, and Travellers embarking on Galleys beyond
signed 'GINE. F.' [NE linked]
oil on canvas
66 x 89½in. (167.7 x 227.3cm.)

Lot Essay

Little is known of this artist whose only two other signed works reflect his reliance on the architectural works of Viviano Codazzi, perhaps learned while he was a staffage painter in the workshop of Codazzi towards the end of the 1650's. Both of those works were executed in the 1660's and are transformations of themes used by Codazzi; see D.R. Marshall, Viviano Niccolò Codazzi, 1993, p. 507, nos. VG1 (private collection, Valencia) and VG10 (recorded in the González Conde Collection, Madrid circa 1959). Having been taught to paint in this way Giner left Codazzi's employ and worked on his own first in Rome before returning to his native Spain.

Though difficult to place precisely, the present work would seem to date from the 1670's or early '80's when his paintings had moved away from the manner of Codazzi and assumed their own individual identity. Indeed, the moored gallions and elongated figures appear instead to recall the paintings of Cornelis de Wael, whose connection with the Spanish affiliated town of Genoa may have recommended him to Giner.
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