Studio: international art — 28.1903

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Giovanni Costa


(In the iossession of Lord Carlisle)

fronted the commercial art of the day, pursued by of his most charming pictures of the last years,

the disciples of the Spaniard Fortuny, with the To these belong the very small and highly poetical

work of those few who were studying sincerely from Kiss of the Dying Sun to the Balmy Pine Wood,

nature, an exhibition which did much to awake in acquired by the National Gallery of Modern Art

the young artists a desire for better things. in Rome ; Risveglio, now in our National collec-

Of the many pictures which he has given us tion; and one of his latest works, The Setting of

during these years, perhaps the most important the Full Moon, a wonderful harmony of the dawn

is Brother Francis and Brother Sun. This pic- tints of pink and blue, and soft grey mist fleeing

ture, now in the possession of his great friend before the first rays of the rising sun, whilst the

and pupil Lord Carlisle, who possesses a rich full moon sets behind the Tyrrhean sea. This

gallery of his works, shows us the little poor man picture was first exhibited at the annual exhibition

of Assisi descending from the Umbrian hills of the society " In Arte Libertas," of which Costa

exulting in the greatness and goodness of God was the chief promoter, and whose title combines

and adoring Him in the rising sun, which appears the two ideals of his life—Art and Liberty—and

behind the distant Subasio, illuminating with its afterwards, in 1902, at the New Gallery, in London,

first rays the fertile valley of Umbria, and before The last years of his life Nino Costa passed in

which flee the morning mists. As the " Hymn to his apartment in the Palazzo Odescalchi in Rome,

the Sun " of St. Francis breathes all the fervour full of beautiful objects, the walls hung with

and simplicity of the most charitable of saints, so works presented to him by his friends Lenbach,

this picture breathes all the intimate nature-poetry Boecklin, Leighton, Mason, Richmond, Corbett,

of St. Francis' hymn. Mrs. Stillman, Alma Tadema, to name a few in a

In 1879, advised and urged thereto by his English long nst- He was distinguished by that love of

friends—chief amongst whom was Lord Carlisle, who beauty even in small things, and by that certain dis-

invited Costa and his family to be his guests—our regard of prudential consideration which so generally

artist organised in Bond Street an exhibition of his distinguishes the artist. Nothing that served his

works. This venture was a great success from art could be too rich, too beautiful, in his opinion,

every point of view : the press was unanimous His mediums and varnishes were kept in rare and

in recognising the great merits of the master's lovely vases of old Venetian glass; the wood of

work, and the visit served to strengthen the bonds his palette could not be too costly. Modest and

of friendship and admiration which always bound sparing in his personal tastes, he would hear of

him to England and the English. no economy where his art was concerned, for he

In 1S85 the painter acquired a charming villa loved it with all the passion and fidelity of the

by the sea at Bocca d'Arno, where he was devotee. He was indefatigable and patient to a

destined to pass the last months of his life ; and degree in his work—never satisfied, always anxious

the scenery of that part of Tuscany inspired many to retouch and improve. He loved his pictures,
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