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Notes from the Italian Art Society, promoting the study of the architecture and visual arts of Italy, from prehistory to the present day.

Rinaldo Rinaldi, student of neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova, died on this day in Rome in 1873 at age 80. Works include the relief decoration on the Villa Torlonia pediment, a fantastic temporary grotto designed by Giuseppe Jappelli for the park of Cittadella-Vigodarzere near Padua, and a number of neoclassical sculptures and monuments. He was a member of various art academies, including the Accademia di San Luca in Rome, the Accademia di Belli Arti in Venice, and the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

Erminia Awaiting, marble. St. Petersburg: Hermitage.

Portrait of Rinaldo Rinaldi, Accademia di San Luca, Rome

Lombard artist Cesare da Sesto died on this day in 1523 in Milan. Born in the town of Sesto Calende in 1477, Cesare was one of the most accomplished followers of Leonardo da Vinci, whom he met in Milan and whose innovations with naturalism and sfumato he spread on his travels south to Rome, where he worked with Baldassare Peruzzi and Raphael, and beyond to Naples and Sicily.

Reference: Andrea Bayer. “Cesare da Sesto.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.<http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T015605>.

The Virgin and Child with the Lamb, ca. 1515, oil on panel. Milan: Museo Poldi Pezzoli, inv. 1617.

The Swooning Virgin Supported by Three Holy Women and Three Studies of Men (recto); Saint George and the Dragon (verso), pen and brown ink over red chalk. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 86.GA.1

Holy Family with St. Catherine, ca. 1515-20, oil on canvas. St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum.

The Holy Family with the Infant St. John the Baptist and an Angel, pen and brown ink over red chalk. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Gift of Harold K. Hochschild, 1940.

thegetty:

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On this day in 1836, Tuscan artist Adriano Cecioni was born in Fontebuona in Vaglia just north of Florence. Part of the macchiaioli group, Cecioni studied and worked in Florence, Naples, Paris, and London, where he was employed as a caricaturist for Vanity Fair. He died in Florence at the age of 49.

For more on Cecioni see: Philip Ward-Jackson. “Cecioni, Adriano.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T015080.

Child with a Rooster, marble, 1868, Florence, Palazzo Pitti, Galleria d’Arte Moderna

Portrait of Cecioni, ca. 1900

La zia Erminia (Aunt Erminia)1867-70

Statesmen No.115: Caricature of Mr S Morley MP, Caption reads: “Dissent,” Vanity Fair, 15 June 1872

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Italian-American painter Constantino Brumidi was born in Rome on this day in 1805. The son of a Greek café owner and an Italian mother, Brumidi studied at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome from age 13 to 27. He continued to work there until 1851, at which time he was imprisoned for suspected revolutionary activities. He was released on the condition that he leave the country, and he set sail for America, arriving in New York in September 1852. As he had in Rome, he decorated a number of churches in the United States, Mexico, and Cuba, but he is probably best known for his frescoes in the U.S. Capitol, including the dome fresco showing the Apotheosis of George Washington (1865), which earned him the nickname “Michelangelo of the United States Capitol.”

In 2008, Brumidi was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his work on the Capitol frescoes.

Brumidi medal designed by Don Everhart

Reference: Barbara Ann Boese Wolanin. “Brumidi, Constantino.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T011750.

Portrait of Constantino Brumidi

Apotheosis of George Washington, 1865, fresco, US Capitol Dome, Washington DC

Portrait of Constantino Brumidi with palette, ca. 1860-65

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Although not quite a household name, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino (“the squinter”), has been recognized as one of the finest draftsmen of the seventeenth century. Above is his Landscape with a View of a Fortified Port. 
Landscape with a View of a Fortified Port
Guercino 
Italian, about 1635 
Pen and brown ink
Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum

gettypubs:

Although not quite a household name, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino (“the squinter”), has been recognized as one of the finest draftsmen of the seventeenth century. Above is his Landscape with a View of a Fortified Port

Landscape with a View of a Fortified Port

Guercino 

Italian, about 1635 

Pen and brown ink

Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum

Word of the day: rimborsare (Italian)

oupacademic:

v. To pay back.

Image: Pocket money by Magnus D. CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.

Italian artist Andrea Fantoni died in Rovetta on this day in 1734. Trained in his father’s workshop, Andrea worked as a sculptor, furniture-maker, and architect. A virtuoso wood-carver, Fantoni made elaborate furnishings for churches and private homes in Bergamo, Parma, and other northern Italian locales. The Fantoni workshop also produced works in marble and ivory. 

For more see: Maria Ida Catalano. “Fantoni, Andrea.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 19 Jul. 2013. <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T027523>.

Portrait of Andrea Fantoni, Bergamo

Various works by Andrea Fantoni

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Neoclassical architect Giocondo Albertolli was born on this day in 1742 in the town of Bedano in the Ticino region of Switzerland. Trained in Aosta and Parma, Albertolli worked widely in Italy including Tuscany, Rome, Naples, and Milan, where he became professor of design at the Brera Academy in 1776. He taught there until 1812 and died twenty-seven years later at the age of ninety-six.

Some of his most acclaimed works include the stuccoes decorating the Gran Salone at Villa Poggio Imperiale for Leopold, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1770-75), the Villa Melzi at Bellagio built for Francesco Melzi d’Eril, Duke of Lodi (1808-9), and the high altar of San Marco in Milan (1816). 

For more on Albertolli, see: Giuliana Ricci"Albertolli." Grove Art OnlineOxford Art OnlineOxford University PressWeb<http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/
article/grove/art/T001571pg1
>.

Carlo Gerosa, Giocondo Albertolli, oil on canvas, ca. 1835, Milan, Accademia di Brera

Salone delle Feste, Villa Poggio Imperiale, Florence

Villa Melzi, Bellaggio, Lake Como

Marble Portrait of Giocondo Albertolli (1742-1839), loggia of the Accademia di Brera, Milan

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Word of the day: rimborsare (Italian)

oupacademic:

v. To pay back.

Image: Pocket money by Magnus D. CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.