19th century artists

//19th century artists

Abbati Giuseppe

Son of Vincenzo Abbati, Neapolitan painter of interiors, he moved with his family first to Florence in 1842, then to Venice where he lived from 1846 to 1858. His father was his first teacher, then in 1850 he enrolled in the Accademia di Belle Arti where he studied under the guidance of Grigoletti and Bagnara. In Venice he met […]

Banti Cristiano

A very important figure in the Italian XIX Century painting, Banti received a neoclassical education at the Art Institute of Siena, where he studied under the guidance of Francesco Cenci.

In 1848 he won the triennal competition with the painting “Domenico Mecherino figlio di Pacio […]

Bianchi Luigi

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 […]

Bianco Pieretto (Pietro Bortoluzzi)

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Cabianca Vincenzo

Of humble origins, Vincenzo Cabianca was born in Verona, where he first studied at the seminary and from 1842 at the Accademia di Belle Arti under Giovanni Caliari. In 1846 he went to the Accademia of Venice where he attended without great conviction Clementini’s lessons. The lagoon town didn’t leave visible traces in his painting […]

Campriani Alceste

Alceste Campriani was born in Terni in 1848. He moved to Naples with his family and from 1862 to 1869 studied at the Regio Istituto di Belle Arti where he got to know Giuseppe De Nittis. During this period in Naples he distinguished himself in the 1869 test with his “Capodimonte”, later his work came stylistically closer to the Resina School […]

Cannicci Niccolò

Niccolò was first introduced to painting by his father, painter Gaetano Cannicci. From 1862 to 1865 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, under Pollastrini, occasionally attending Antonio Ciseri’s nude drawing classes. After 1868, he went to live at his father’s house in S. Gimignano due to health problems. […]

Cappiello Leonetto

Leonetto Cappiello was born in Leghorn in 1875. Right from his youth he was a self-taught artist, his earliest known works dating to 1889, his early drawings, presented at the Promotrice di Firenze of 1891 unfortunately are lost. In the same year Diego Martelli introduced the young Cappiello to the group of Leghorn artists […]

Carlini Spartaco

Spartaco Carlini was born in Pisa in 1884. Although he studied at a Technical College he showed an early natural talent for drawing so he studied at Guglielmo Amedeo Lori’s atelier at the same time. In 1902 he enrolled at the Istituto Statale d’Arte Passaglia di Lucca where he got to know Moses Levy and Lorenzo Viani […]

Cecconi Eugenio

Born in Leghorn into a well-off family, after having spent his childhood in Piedmont, he followed his father’s will and took a degree in law at the Pisa University. While he was articled to a lawyer in Florence, he followed Pollastrini’s lessons at the Accademia. The sudden death of his father in 1865 permitted him to abandon the legal profession […]

Corcos Vittorio Matteo

Born in Leghorn on 4 October 1859, in the 1870’s Corcos studied at the “Accademia delle Belle Arti di Firenze” under Enrico Pollastrini. Between 1878 and 1879 he was in Naples at Domenico Morelli’s studio whose work, rich in literary associations and formal ideas made a great impression on him. A work that illustrates Morelli’s influence […]

Dall’Oca Bianca Angelo

Angelo Dall’Oca Bianca was born in 1858 in Verona to a family from a humble background. In his biography written in 1897, Angelo describes his childhood until the age of fifteen as being spent in the streets of Verona and not at school. Then, because of the early death of his father he started work doing several short-term contract jobs […]

Danielson Gambogi Elin

Elin Danielson was born on 3 September 1861 in Norrmark, a small village near Pori in the Gulf of Bornia. Her father, Karl, and mother, Amalia Rosa Gestrin, and their families were of Swedish origin and had been settled in Finland for several generations. Elin spent her childhood on her family’s farm in the country. […]

De Servi Luigi

The son of an artist father, Pietro, who painted religious works, De Servi was “an artist who depicted the drawing room, upper middle class patronage, series of family portraits and portraits of famous people, moving from the Classical style of his early works to the Romanticism of his early maturity and the Realism of his maturity […]

Fanelli Francesco

After receiving his primary education in Leghorn, Fanelli enrolled in the Art Institut “A. Passaglia” of Lucca, where he studied from 1893 to 1897 under the guidance of Michele Marcucci and Luigi Norfini. After 1886 he took part in the circle of the young Leghorn painters, who were gathered around Silvestro Lega and, in Florence […]

Fattori Giovanni

Born in Leghorn, when he was very young he studied in the studio of Giuseppe Baldini an artist from Leghorn. In 1846 he moved to Florence and chose to study at the school of Giuseppe Bezzuoli. He soon left it and went instead to the “Accademia di Belle Arti”, but did not attend it regularly. Between 1848 and ’49 Giovanni Fattori […]

Ferrari Carlo – Il Ferrarin

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Firle Walther

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Gambogi Raffaello

When he was only 17, Gambogi received a grant from Livorno that allowed him to go to Florence in 1892, where he attended both the Academy of Fine Arts and Giovanni Fattori’s School for Drawing Nudes. In the same year, two of his pieces were accepted by the Fine Arts Society. He met Finnish artist, Elin Danielson, in the summer of 1896 […]

Gelati Lorenzo

At the start of his studies, Gelati was especially interested in literature. Subsequently supported by the teachings of Carlo Markò, he became attracted to painting; he focused primarily on plein-air landscape painting. His views of the Valdarno region, the Sienese countryside, and the Versilian coastline come from this period […]

Gigante Giacinto

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Gioli Francesco

Born into a well-off family, he studied at the Accademia di Pisa with Annibale Mariani. Later he enrolled on Antonio Ciseri and Enrico Pollastrini’s courses in Florence. His early career was devoted to history and genre painting; at Florence he presented “Carlo Emanuele di Savoia che scaccia l’ambasciatore spagnolo […]

Gioli Luigi

Francesco’s younger brother, for a long time considered as being mediocre by comparison, is today acknowledged as being a cultured and coherent artist, even though he came to art rather late in life after studying law. He had no formal art training.

He lived with his brother and was influenced by him […]

Gordigiani Edoardo

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Hollaender Alfonso

Hollaender studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin; in 1868 he exhibited his first works there. He moved to Florence in 1870 and became an Italian citizen in 1872. His was a great love for Italy. Having arrived in our country after the Caffè Michelangelo had already closed, he still managed to surround himself with the echoes […]

Kienerk Giorgio

Born to an old Tuscan family, Kienerk began to study drawing and sculpture with the master Adriano Cecioni. At the age of only 17, he had the opportunity to show his works at the Florentine Promotrice show for new talent. When his teacher Cecioni died unexpectedly in 1886, Kienerk worked with Telemaco Signorini […]

Lega Silvestro

Silvestro Lega who was born in the Romagna, went to Florence in 1843 and studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti with Giuseppe Bezzuoli. From 1844 he studied at the studio of Luigi Mussini and together with other students from the Academy, took part in the 1948 projects. Lega’s early works are typical of conventional Academy style […]

Liegi Ulvi – Luigi Levi

Luigi Levi (alias Ulvi Liegi) was born in Leghorn into a well-off Jewish family. He first studied art with Carlo Markò and Luigi Corsi. At the beginning of the 80’s he moved to Florence in order to continue studying at the Academy. He became the friend and admirer of Telemaco Signorini and, later, of Giovanni Fattori, he was a visitor at Tommasi’s home […]

Lori Amedeo Guglielmo

Born in Pisa, Guglielmo Amedeo Lori went to the grammar school there and, in 1887, enrolled at the “Istituto di Belle Arti di Lucca”. Between 1898 and 1899, with Antonio Discovolo, he spent a period at Giacomo Puccini’s house at Torre del Lago, where he met Ferruccio Pagni and Francesco Fanelli, who were founders together […]

Lucchesi Giorgio

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 […]

Manaresi Ugo

Ugo Manaresi was born in Ravenna in 1851. He studied at the Accademia Navale di Livorno (Naval Academy of Leghorn), he was awarded the long course Captain’s diploma and for a few years was also a teacher at the same academy.

His artistic training was mainly as a self-taught artist only studying […]

Micheli Guglielmo

Born in Leghorn in 1866, Micheli started studying art under Natale Betti. Later he enrolled at the Scuola libera del nudo in Florence directed by Giovanni Fattori, and became his favourite student. In 1891 he had his first exhibtion at the “Promotrice fiorentina”, in 1892 showed at the “Esposizione di Belle Arti” at Rome […]

Monteforte Edoardo

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Nomellini Plinio

Plinio Nomellini spent his childhood in Livorno and Cagliari because of his father’s work. In 1875, Plinio attended the School of Art and Crafts in Livorno as well as Natale Betti’s classes in decorative illustration and figure drawing. Thanks to Betti’s efforts, he received a scholarship to go to the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence […]

Pagni Ferruccio

Born in Leghorn, his first teacher was Natale Betti at the Scuola Comunale di Disegno, where he went together with Plinio Nomellini and Angiolo Tommasi. He continued his studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze where, between 1866 and 1871, he studied under Giovanni Fattori who urged him to abandon history painting […]

Panerai Ruggero

Coming from modest origins, Panerai studied at the Academy in Florence and from 1880 studied in Giovanni Fattori’s studio. In 1885 he painted two large canvases “Il ritorno dalle corse delle cascine” (Return from the Races) and “Il passeggio dei cavalleggeri da piazza san Gallo” (The light horse crossing of San Gallo Square) […]

Puccini Mario

By many considered the greatest of the Post-Macchiaioli artists, Mario Puccini’s early training was at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze where, encouraged by Fattori, he enrolled in 1884. Three years later he exhibited at the “Società d’Incoraggiamento” a “Studio di testa” (Study for a head). In 1892, after receiving his diploma […]

Rotta Antonio

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Sarri Egisto

Sarri studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence under Giuseppe Bezzuoli and Enrico Pollastrini, and was one of Antonio Ciseri’s best students. His artistic education was decidedly academic and his works were not affected by the deep transformations induced by the Macchiaioli’s stylistic revolution. As a result, his career never underwent […]

Sartori Federico

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Signorini Telemaco

Telemaco Signorini was born in 1835 into a well-off family in Florence. His father was a genre painter at the court of the Grand Duke of Tuscany. He studied at the Scolopi where he got to know Giosuè Carducci and Diego Martelli and showed a particular fondness for literature. Following the early death of his brother Egisto in 1851 […]

Simi Filadelfo

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Tommasi Adolfo

Born in Leghorn, cousin of the brothers Angiolo and Ludovico Tommasi, he studied at the Accademia di Firenze under the guidance of Carlo Markò junior and in 1876 showed his painting “Ingresso al castello di Signa” (Entrance to Signa Castle) at the “Promotrice”.

At the end of the 70’s, at the Tommasi’s estate […]

Tommasi Angiolo

The second of the five brothers, Angiolo was born in Livorno. There he attended the local School of Drawing, after which he frequented Angiolo Lemmi’s and Natale Betti’s studios. When his mother died in the 1870’s, his father remarried Mrs. Adele Bertolini who owned a home in Bellariva – not far from Florence – called “la Casaccia” […]

Tommasi Lodovico

The artistic career of Ludovico Tommasi, the youngest in the family, is completely different from that of his elder brother Angiolo. Ludovico did not receive any formal training. However, from a tender age he showed such a real passion for music, that his parents, who had moved to la Casaccia in Bellariva, enrolled him in the Florence […]

Torchi Angelo

Born in the district of Ravenna in 1856, Torchi studied in Florence under Lorenzo Gelati. In 1880 he moved to Naples where he stayed for about a year as a pupil of Alceste Campriani. When he returned to Florence he made friends with Signorini, Lega, Cecioni and the Gioli and Tommasi brothers, and was attracted […]

Zanetti Zilla Vittore

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