A Trompe L'Oeil with Flowers, a Drawing, Scissors, a Watch, Plates and a Jug and a Letter on a Wooden Shelf

Oil on canvas
Signed: 'And:Urbani'
20 1/2 x 25 1/4 inches (52 x 64 cms)

Most notably influenced by Giambattista Tiepolo, he must also be noted for his frequent changes of style. Indeed this exciting new discovery of the only known signed still life by Urbani, shows an interesting reflection upon the works of the Cremonese artist Antonio Gianlisi (circa 1677 - 1727), whose style of  trompe l’oeil paintings is very similar, for example the signed picture which was offered London, Sotheby’s, 14 December 2000, lot 81, and leads to the tantalising possibility that the picture may represent a keystone, with which to reattribute pictures to Urbani, which have previously been attributed to other artists. 


Private Collection, Italy