Italian 19th century watercolor painting of shrine near Rome signed CONTIItalian 19th century watercolor painting of shrine near Rome signed CONTIItalian 19th century watercolor painting of shrine near Rome signed CONTIItalian 19th century watercolor painting of shrine near Rome signed CONTIItalian 19th century watercolor painting of shrine near Rome signed CONTIItalian 19th century watercolor painting of shrine near Rome signed CONTIItalian 19th century watercolor painting of shrine near Rome signed CONTIItalian 19th century watercolor painting of shrine near Rome signed CONTIItalian 19th century watercolor painting of shrine near Rome signed CONTIItalian 19th century watercolor painting of shrine near Rome signed CONTI

Late 19th century watercolor painting of a religious road-side shrine, probably outside of Rome, an imposing church dome (probably St. Peter's Basilica) forming the backdrop to the scene. The painting is signed at lower left "Conti"; it is possible it is a work of the listed artist Tito Conti (1842-1924) but I cannot say for certain that he was the artist. The unframed piece measures 14 3/4" by 11 1/4". Note the exceptionally fine detail throughout; the traditional clothing of the foreground figures is well drawn and the shrine looks almost photographic. Colors are sharp and fresh; there is a little paper browning at edges from old mat, some old tape residue on reverse, and a light handling crease in upper left sky, near inscription. That inscription is in old ink in Italian, with a date of 1929; it says "perche senti il ricordo della cara amicizia/Fausta Gina/Gennaio 1929/Roma". I believe this roughly translates as "Because you can hear the memory of dear friendship/Fausta Gina, January 1929 Rome". The inscription was clearly added many decades after the work was drawn. See in my shop two others by the very same Italian artist.

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Italian 19th century watercolor painting of shrine near Rome signed CONTI

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