Sinibaldo Tordi

Sinibaldo Tordi

Artist: Sinibaldo Tordi (Belgian, 1876-1955)

Title: ‘Love Duet‘

Size: 48 x 30 cm (18,8 x 11,8 inch)

Material: oil on canvas
Signed: lower right: Sinibaldo 1921 Firenze (Florence)

Inventory #: 484AC7

Bography Sinibaldo Tordi (Rome, 1876 - Florence, 1955) was trained in Rome following the Spanish painter Salvador Sánchez Barbudo (1857-1917).  The latter, part of the school of Mariano Fortuny (1838-1874), transmitted to the young Tordi the direction of eighteenth-century reconstruction painting. 


The genus is widely appreciated by the market, especially for the sumptuous color quality, lively, very bright and spread with a brush tip.  Also skilled in portraiture and sacred painting, he created a Maria Addolorata for the church of San Felice a Ema, near Florence.  For this canvas he receives a prize from the Tuscan city and a special blessing from Pope Benedict XV. 


During the twentieth century he gives an even more decorative direction to his painting, Increasing attention to detail in the description of the interiors, objects and costumes.  Continuing to devote himselr to genre painting for a long time, he exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1913, He obtained considerable market success thanks to his mannered luck.  He died in Florence in 1955.


Powerfully influenced by the master Sánchez Barbudo, Sinibaldo Tordi devotes much of his pictorial career to frivolous eighteenth-century reconstruction genre scenes.  The origin is to be found in the easel paintings by Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier (1815-1891). 


The famous fashionable French painter, with accurate and detailed descriptive intent of Flemish reminiscence, created minute scenes on canvas that recalled the eighteenth- century splendor.  Rich costumes, fine ornaments, luxurious furnishings were the backdrop for love scenes or everyday life. 


For his part, Mariano Fortuny, with his painting of casacones (the typical clothes of the aristocrats of the eighteenth century), had given a further boost to the genre, enriching it with its luminous palette and with that typical graceful and virtuous touch. 


Collectors, enchanted by these bright atmospheres from the seventeenth century, made the mid-nineteenth round market onwards full these imaginative pictures.  Part of the group of Spanish painters linked to Fortuny's manner moved to Rome in the fifties of the nineteenth century.  Artists such as Sánchez Barbudo, Villegas, Moreno Carbonero and others spread the master's language to a long series of Italian easel painters. 


Among these there is also Sinibaldo Tordi who, with marked mannerism, interprets numerous eighteenth-century skits or with an exotic taste.  The brush stroke is composed of a series of quoted touches that give the composition an incessant rhythm and a slight optical confusion. 


The light is dazzling, the interior furnishings are gorgeous and chromatically vibrant.  He prefers, heir to a surface luck, a palette in light tones, tending towards white. It thus creates a general chromatic "nicker" effect, typical of paintings such as the wedding, gossip, the lady in the park, Concertino, the piano lesson, a game of chess, the letter, meeting at court. 


All these works, whose splendor and pomp of color and themes, lead Sinibaldo Tordi to success.  In 1913, at the Parisian Salon he received the first prize for the Portrait of Baron Camaccini.




Bénézit 1999 , vol. 13, p. 723

Busse 1977 , p. 1250

Thieme/Becker 1907-1950 , vol. 33, p. 286

Witt Checklist 1978 , p. 306

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