(active 1706-1729 in Florence)

Parrot, Blue Tit, Two Lizards, and Vases

Gouache on parchment, 155 x 195 mm
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

Luisa Vitelli was the spiritual descendent of the anonymous painter-nuns who illuminated many of the brilliant manuscripts of the Middle Ages. This small, sweet painting manifests a moment of transition: scientific observation serving the cause of charm.