Still life with flowers and glasses

Ugo Celada da Virgilio

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

Celada became famous already during his lifetime for his almost photographic painting, which allows to compare his work to that of Sciltian and Cagnaccio di San Pietro. During his long artistic career he experimented with different and original styles, before maturing what became his most distinguishing style. He certainly acquired a superior technique and a visual sharpness that was almost cold, and took part in all the trends of Italian painting, with particular attention to the art scene in Milan. His attention to detail conveys powerful intentions that transpose the portrayed object in a vaguely metaphysical dimension. This is true also of the many still-lifes, in which he plays with the transparency of the glasses that faithfully reflect details that would otherwise be lost. Furthermore, the colours that prevail in Celada’s work are almost extinct, transformed by his personal vision that seems to depict real things that are actually being snatched from their daily context, thus demonstrating that absoluteness lives in the tranquil and calm houses of the bourgeoisie.


  • Title: Still life with flowers and glasses
  • Creator: Ugo Celada

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