FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Title: "Shepherdess with Sheep and Goat"
Medium: Original Engraving
Limited edition: Unknown
Sheet size: 7.25" x 5.5"
Image size: 6.75" x 5.25"
Francesco Londonio (Milan, 1723 – Milan, 1783) was an Italian painter, engraver, and scenographer, active mainly in
Milan in a late-Baroque or Rococo style.
Londonio trained as a painter under Ferdinando Porta and Giovanni Battista Sassi in Milan, but traveled to Rome and
Naples. He studied engraving with Benigno Bossi. He is best known for his paintings and ectchings of rustic and pastoral
landscapes and subjects, with both animals and peasants playing a dominating role over the landscape. This focus on
genre themes was popular among the wealthy patrons of the time, specially in Northern Italy; and artists such as the
Brescian painters Ceruti and Cifrondi worked with such themes. In his engravings, he recalls Gaetano Zompini.
Londonio is also known for his scenography. An example, of this poorly conserved art form that still exists is a nativity
scene on cut wooden shapes for the church of San Marco in Milan. The effect is a cheaper version of the naturalistic
Sacri Monti scenes, which had been painted stucco statuary. It also can be seen as a cross between the holy scenes
described above, and the theatrical set pieces, for example, those needed for the newly founded La Scala theater. The
work at San Marco prompted Empress Maria Theresa of Austria appointed Londonio as art designer for La Scala.