SFERINI, Carlo Leopoldo
(b. 1652, d. 1698, Verona)


Italian painter, called Carlo Tedesco, probably of German origin, active in Verona. He was long considered as a quadratura painter and a painter of figural frescoes working in churches and villas in the Veneto, particularly in Verona and its surroundings. He was also acknowledged as a skilled draughtsman. A trompe-l'oeil still-life assigned to him was first published in 1989, and it served as the starting point for identifying other still-lifes by him. It is now clear that alongside Domenico Remps, also of northern origin and active in the Veneto, Sferini was the earliest exponent of the independent trompe-l'oeil genre in Italy.

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