BARTEZZATI, Luigi (1820-1905)
[Isola Bella , Lago Maggiore; and the Bell Tower of Bellagio, Lago Como]
[Italy: circa 1850]. Gouache on paper (sheet size: 9 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches; and 10 1/4 x 15 3/8 inches), the larger painting of Bellagio signed in pencil at the lower left 'Luigi Bartezzati f.'.
A fine pair of late 'Grand Tour' images of two of the jewels of Northern Italy
Lake Maggiore "has a surface area of about 213 km², a maximum length of 54 km and, at its widest, is 12 km. ... The lakes jagged banks are surrounded by the Prealps of Piedmont and Lombardy. The western bank is in Piedmont (provinces of Novara and Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola) and the eastern in Lombardy (province of Varese), whereas the most northerly section extends thirteen kilometres into Switzerland, where it constitutes the lowest point above sea-level in that entire country. The climate is mild in both summer and winter, producing Mediterranean vegetation, with beautiful gardens growing rare and exotic plants. Well-known gardens include those of the Isola Madre, Isola Bella and the Isole di Brissago, that of the Villa Taranto in Verbania, and the Alpinia botanical garden above Stresa ... Isola Bella is one of the Borromean Islands of Lago Maggiore in north Italy. The island is situated in the Borromean Gulf 400 meters from the lakeside town of Stresa. Isola Bella is 320 meters long by 400 meters wide and is entirely occupied by the Palazzo Borromeo and its Italianate garden [completed in 1671]." (wikipedia). Bellagio is located at the point at which the Lakes Como and Lecco divide. From Lake Como, one sees the beautiful Romanesque Bell Tower handsomely portrayed here by Bartezzati.