BARBIERI, Paolo Antonio
(b. 1603, Cento, d. 1649, Cento)

The Spice Shop

Oil on canvas
Pinacoteca Comunale, Spoleto

Paolo Antonio Barbieri, brother of the famous Guercino, was a master of the still-life. The austere composition of The Spice Shop, in which tall spice jars are arranged in a row parallel to the picture plane, has similarities with the art of Jacopo da Empoli, while the characterization of the youthful and romantic seller of spices reflects aspects of Guercino’s style, though the execution is drier.