NAMA
Registry of Mushrooms in Works of Art

Works Attributed to Paolo Porpora

Paolo Porpora, Fungi Paolo Porpora, Owl and Ibis

Porpora, Paolo. Italian. 1617-1673

  • [a]
  • Still life with fungi, snail, toads, snakes
  • Medium: Oil on canvas, 36 x 64 cm.
  • Location: Museo Villa Pignatelli. Naples, Italy
  • Mushroom description: Group of morels (Morchella esculenta var. crassipes) and half an agaric
  • References: Steensma, S. Otto Marseus van Schrieck Leben und Werk. Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag. 1999; Wasson, G. and V. Mushrooms, Russia, and History. NY: Pantheon Books. 1957; Catalog by Mund, G. and von Hohenzollern, J.P. ExhibitionStille Welt-- Italienische Stillleben. Kunsthalle der Hypo Kulturstiftung. 2003.
  • Web: Wikimedia
  • [b]
  • Still life with owl and ibis. Vanity (Nature morte avec une chouette et un ibis. Vanite)
  • Location: Louvre, Paris
  • Web: Last seen on Joconde website
  • [c]
  • Still life with snakes, fly agarics, and thistles
  • Medium: Oil on canvas, 35 x 48 cm.
  • Location: National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mushroom description: A group of four amanitas, possibly A. muscaria
  • [d]
  • Forest understory (Sottobosco) with snake, green lizard, turtles and butterflies (Sottobosco con biscione, ramarro, tartaruga e farfalle)
  • Medium: Oil on canvas, 51 x 94.5 cm.
  • Location: National Museum and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  • Mushroom description: Group of mushrooms, incl. Agrocybe cylindracea (= aegerita)and Russula sp.
  • Reference: Ebert-Schlifferen, S. A still Life. A History. Abrams; Catalog by Mund, G. and von Hohenzollern, J.P. Exhibition: Stille Welt-- Italienische Stillleben. Kunsthalle der Hypo Kulturstiftung. 2003
  • Web: National Museum Wales
  • [e]
  • Mushrooms, lizard, porcupine and butterflies (Fiori, funghi, lucertola, porcospino e farfalle)
  • Mushroom description: Ramaria botrytis clump, Amanita caesarea on right
  • Reference: Sestieri, G. Nature Morte e Paesaggi Italiani ed Europei del XVII e XVIII secolo. Giandi Sapi Editori. 1993.
  • [f]
  • Still life with fruit
  • Medium: Oil on canvas, 98 x 125 cm.
  • Location: Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy
  • Mushroom description: Six Amanita caesarea buttons
  • Reference: Pike, JT. Italian Still life Paintings. NY: Old Masters Exhibition Society. 1983.
  • [g]
  • Fungi on a bank
  • Mushroom description: Group of annulate gilled mushrooms, some cespitose, probably Agrocybe agerita
  • Reference: Last seen on Gabrius website
  • [h]
  • A tortoise, crab, snail, crayfish and a butterfly among plants, rocks and mushrooms
  • Mushroom description: Two Amanita caesarea
  • Reference: Last seen on Gabrius website
  • [i]
  • Forest floor still life with a porcupine, rabbit, ducks, tortoises and a snail
  • Mushroom description: Craterellus fallax? on left foreground
  • Reference: Last seen on Gabrius website
  • [j]
  • Pastry with mushrooms, olives, peppers, an apple and other vegetables on a plate on a draped table
  • Mushroom description: Single whitish agaric on it side
  • Note: Elsewhere in Gabrius website, attributed to "Bergamo School," 18th century
  • Reference: Last seen on Gabrius website
  • [k]
  • Sottobosco (Forest Understory)
  • Medium: Oil on canvas, 135 x 95 cm.
  • Location: Private collection, Milan, Italy
  • Mushroom description: Group of campanulate mushrooms on a rocky ledge
  • [l]
  • Forest understory (sottobosco) with crab, butterflies, toads, mussels and tortoise
  • Location: Museo Villa Pignatelli, Naples, Italy
  • Mushroom description: Several indeterminable pileated mushrooms
  • Reference: Catalog by Mund, G. and von Hohenzollern, J.P. Exhibition: Stille Welt— Italienische Stillleben. Kunsthalle der Hypo Kulturstiftung. 2003.
  • [m]
  • Title unknown
  • Mushroom description: boletus, russulas and other mushrooms on a ledge
  • Reference: Last seen on Gabrius website
  • [n]
  • Title unknown
  • Mushroom description: a forest floor still life with a stoat beside a pool
  • Reference: Last seen on Gabrius website
  • [o]
  • A magpie perched on a branch with fungi in the foreground
  • Medium: Oil on canvas, 55.6 x 43.2 cm.
  • Mushroom description: A group of 5 Amanita caesarea in foreground
  • Location: unknown
  • Reference: Christie’s auction, Sale 8138, 23 Sept. 1998. London.
 

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