During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s portraying cardinals, monks and other clergy were very popular. Having one or more in your collection rounded out the collection that was in the home.
This is a genre I enjoy so much. Allowing people see a private moment of the clergy. Although, I have not found any information on the artist Pestiglioni. There is the possibility that I am not seeing the name correctly.
I have stated my fascination for watercolors before, and I will again, and again. It is a tough medium. There are so many details in the painting, and it takes such a steady hand to accomplish this feat. The three gentlemen are drinking, and one of them (the monk) is having a hard time hearing. The cardinal is reading a story that is enthraliing to the other men, as they listen attentively. A tapestry is on the table, and we see one on the wall. The rug on the floor is beautiful and rich in color. We can even see the time on the clock is about 10:11.