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Giuseppe Reposati (1722-99)

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Giuseppe Reposati in:  Gubbio  

Giuseppe Reposati  was born in Gubbio.  According to his brother, the historian Rinaldo Reposati, he trained in Rome for some twelve years under Gaetano Lapis and also frequented the circle of Sebastiano Conca.  Despite this, he emerged as a relatively mediocre painted, and worked mostly in his native city.  He was a prolific painter of portraits and was also much in demand for the restoration and/or repainting of earlier works.


Franciscan saints (1745-7)

Ten saints in oval frames in San Francesco (on the counter-facade and between the side altars) were painted in two phases:

  1. some (probably those of St Bonaventure and the Blessed Benvenuto da Gubbio) by Mattia Malatesta 1731; and

  2. the others by Giuseppe Reposati in 1745-7.

Crucifixion with Franciscan saints (17th century)

This altarpiece by/attributed to Giovanni Battista Michelini, il Folignate in San Francesco (on the 2nd altar on the right) originally depicted the crucifixion set in a dark landscape with St Antony of Padua kneeling at the foot of the cross and a baby angel.   A levitating figure of St Joseph of Copertino was subsequently added,  probably at the time of his canonisation in 1767.  Giuseppe Reposati was paid in 1776 to improve this figure and to convert the figure of St Antony into that of Bonaventura da Potenza, who had been beatified in the previous year.

SS Joseph, Clare and Margaret of Cortona (18th century)

This altarpiece in SS Trinità (on the 2nd altar on the right) is one of the best of the works of Giuseppe Reposati.   The young Jesus stands on a cloud in front of St Joseph, as St Clare kisses His hand and St Margaret commends the scene to the viewer.

Madonna del Latte with saints (18th century)

This altarpiece on the right wall of San Giuseppe , which depicts the Madonna and Child with SS Nicholas and Ubaldus, is attributed alternatively to Giuseppe Reposati or Giovanni Francesco Ferri.

Blessed Arcangelo and Giuliano de’ Medici (18th century)

This altarpiece in San Secondo (on the 3rd altar on the left) was painted in Rome by Giuseppe Reposti.  It depicts the Blessed Arcangelo refusing an offer by Giuliano de’ Medici of the post of Archbishop of Florence.

Madonna and Child with Saints (1709)

According to Giovan Battista Fidanza (referenced below, at pp. 115-6), a payment for this altarpiece on the 1st altar on the left of San Secondo was made  in 1709 to Padre Romito Carlo Mecconi: this artist from Lucca belonged to the eremetic community of  Sant’ Ambrogio at Gubbio for the last forty years of his life, which ended in ca. 1744.  The altarpiece depicts the Madonna and Child with SS Ubaldus, Antony of Padua and John the Baptist. 

A restoration of 2000-1 revealed that it was almost totally repainted: the original was detected by radiography and was apparently in a good state of preservation.  The figure of St Antony had been faithfully reproduced but the rest of the composition had been adjusted to increase the overall size of the work.  Fidanza reported the opinion of the restorer (Roberta Tironzelli) that this overpainting was probably at the time that the altarpiece was moved to its current location, possibly by Giuseppe Reposati.

St Albert of Montone (ca. 1794)

This altarpiece was commissioned from Giuseppe Reposati for the church of Santa Maria dei Battilana (see Walk I) in preparation for the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the death in 1294 of St Albert: he had been Priors of the Eremo di Fonte Avellina, and his cult had been confirmed in 1782.  [It was presumably moved here when  Santa Maria dei Battilana was deconsecrated - when was that?  Where in San Domenico is it now?]

Read more:

G. Fidanza, “La Pittura del Settecento a Gubbio.: Storia e Documenti”, (2009) Rome

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