Il Ponte Nomentano (Il Castello)

Luigi Conconi
Milan 1852 - 1917
Il Ponte Nomentano (Il Castello)
Etching and monotype
To the platemark 360 x 280 mm

A fine impression, printed with black ink, working on the surface tone, on thick wove paper. The print is rich in monotypic effects, obtained by the artist working on the heavy film of ink left on the plate. In this way Conconi got special effects of light and shadow. In very good condition, with large margins.


Etching and monotype, only state
To the platemark 230 x 140 mm, the full sheet 303 x 198
Titled and signed in brush and red ink at bottom IL CASTELLO LConconi
Mezzetti, 246; Bianchi-Ginex, no. 26

Conconi studied architecture at the Accademia di Brera and the Politecnico di Milano. He came into contact with members of the literary and artistic circles of the Scapigliatura – the Italian equivalent of the French Bohème– notably Tranquillo Cremona and Daniele Ranzoni, both of whom influenced his early paintings. In the 1880s Conconi moved from the Realism of Scapigliatura toward Symbolism. The awards he received in Paris in 1900 and Munich in 1913 led to his international recognition.
Conconi, who personally saw to the production of virtually all his plates, was the leading exponent in Lombardy of Acquaforte monotipata. This technique involved the artist drawing directly onto the ink covering the plate, prior to pulling the impression. In this way each resultant print has different characteristics.


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