Giorgio Lucchesi was born in Lucca in 1855. He studied at the Accademia di Belle arti di Lucca, where he was a pupil of Norfini. His career took off mainly in his hometown. At first he was attracted to subjects concerning landscapes and genre painting. Later he was fond of still life painting, perfecting his technique until it became very precise and enabled him to produce very impressive canvases.
In 1883, he presented two paintings in Rome, “Il giorno di Pasqua” (Easter Day) and “Grappoli d’uva” (Bunches of Grapes). In 1896 and ’97 he participated in the Art and Flower Show in Florence and in 1897 at the Venice Biennial. He also showed at several international exhibitions in Munich, Paris, Palermo and Milan.
As soon as his teacher Norfini retired as director of the Lucca Academy Lucchesi was asked to take his place but he declined the offer. He was later appointed a member of the Lucca Academy of Sciences and Arts.
He died in Lucca in 1941.
Written by: Cecilia Iacopetti – Translated by: Catherine Biggerstaff
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