19thC Italian Portrait Watercolour Signed G FONTANA ITILAZZO 1878

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Post by Leach54321 January 23rd 2023, 3:48 pm

Hi - I have this well executed watercolour which is dated 1878 and signed I think G Fontana and what looks like Itilazzo - I can find details of a Giovanni Fontana around this period but this is for a sculpture and not a painting.  I am also not sure of the worked Itilazzo means - can anyone help please?

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Post by PhilosophiaSB February 2nd 2023, 11:40 am

there was a Giuseppe Fontana painter who also have paintings in the same style and subject. https://www.mutualart.com/Artist/Giuseppe-Fontana/8C127AB17ECA66B1
In your painting, it is shown a woman from the south of Italy, judging by the dress. So, the unknown word may be Milazzo - a town from Sicily .
all these are not my thoughts :) . I asked a friend who is specialised in Italian linguistic, i suppose she knows better than i do :)
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Post by NaomiM February 2nd 2023, 12:15 pm

Is it possible it’s a print of a oil painting?

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Post by PhilosophiaSB February 2nd 2023, 12:31 pm

i think either it is an old print because it is shiny in the light and has a rather smooth texture, as i can see
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Post by PhilosophiaSB February 2nd 2023, 12:43 pm

i think i found the painter . it is about Ernesto Fontana, italian painter, the same faces, same women , same themes. and, i can see, the signature is almost identic.
https://www.invaluable.com/artist/fontana-ernesto-obx8zy3ts7/sold-at-auction-prices/
exemple " Portrait of a nobleman, bust-length, in a white shirt and a black coatsigned, inscribed and dated 'E.Fontana Milano 1895' (centre left)"
so, the unknown word isn't Milazzo, it is Milano.
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Post by NaomiM February 2nd 2023, 1:21 pm

The blue colour is typical of faded prints, and most of his work was in oils

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Post by Leach54321 February 6th 2023, 5:18 pm

Hi - Thank you for all of your information - I can confirm it is definitely an original artwork and is a watercolour rather than a print. The first initial is definitely a G rather than an E and although it is similar subject matter I think we can rule Ernesto out and as well as you said the other work is oils rather than watercolour. Also the G and F are not the same as shown in the paintings by Giuseppe Fontana so I think this can be ruled out as well sorry!
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Post by Leach54321 February 6th 2023, 5:19 pm

I think I will remove it from the frame so see if I can see the signature more clearly or see if there is any information on the back so will let you know!
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