Luigi Bianchi was born in Milan in 1827. When he reached adulthood he enrolled with the Faculty of Law however he had to stop studying because he enlisted in the Wars of Independence. After the war he began studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera under Francesco Hayez.
He travelled extensively all over Italy with the aim of getting to know other artistic styles and of broadening his knowledge, spending most time in Rome. It was presumably as a result of his training at the Academy that he developed a love of Romantic ideology preferring subjects such as portraits, genre paintings, historical scenes and customs.
In 1861 he won a prize with the painting “Alla vigilia della liberazione” (On the Eve of Liberation), in 1877 his “Un Carnevale a Roma” (Carnival at Rome) sold to Paris, and he painted a fresco for the Parish Church of Carate Brianza, “La benedizione dei fanciulli” (The Blessing of the Children).
Luigi Bianchi died in Milan in 1914.
Written by: Cecilia Iacopetti – Translated by: Catherine Biggerstaff
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