FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Title: "Shepherdess and Skeen"
Medium: Original Copper plate Engraving
Size: 7" X 5.5"
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
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.