Wine in art: “The wine tappers”, Pitocchetto


Giacomo Antonio Melchiorre Ceruti, known as “Pitocchetto” was an Italian painter, one of the most important exponents of the late Italian Baroque.
“Gli spillatori di vino” is one of his most significant works. His nickname Pitocchetto derives from the artist’s favorite subjects: the peasants, the humble, the last, the “pitocchi” in Brescia slang. This painting “The wine tappers” expresses a vivid and mature realism. The composition looks like a snapshot in the passing of days: the young spiller, bent on his knees in front of the barrel, seems to have turned abruptly, sensing someone’s presence.

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