Dictionary of Artists


To meet the requirement of scholars, art dealers, collectors or simple amateurs of having a quick and effective tool at their disposal to satisfy the various exigencies connected with the world of art, first of all the in-depth analysis of the work of painters, sculptors, engravers, photographers, etc., the "Dictionary of artists" puts itself up as an annotated list of names, sometimes accompanied, if marked by an asterisk, by a biography and by some signature examples.

Each artist is matched with a series of index cards regarding the works registered in the Data Bank of the Matteucci Institute, which can be issued on request.

The biographies are taken from the Dizionario degli artisti edited by Cristina Bonagura, integral part of the work Pittori & pittura dell'Ottocento italiano (1996-1997), coordinated by Giuliano Matteucci with the cooperation of Paul Nicholls and realized by the Redazioni Grandi Opere of the "Istituto Geografico De Agostini", to whom the Matteucci Institute expresses its sincere thanks for authorizing the circulation of the texts on line.


Balena Attilio*

Livorno 1863 - 1957
Dopo l’apprendistato presso G. Baldini, rimase tre anni nello studio di N. Betti, insieme a A. Tommasi, G. Micheli e P. Nomellini. La sua attività si intensificò in due momenti ben distinti: il decennio 1885-1895, caratterizzato dalle affinità con il Naturalismo toscano, e gli anni '40, quando si volse verso forme neoimpressioniste. Ebbe anche un’intensa attività di illustratore: dal 1892 collaborò con la rivista genovese L'Epoca e con L'Illustrazione Italiana. Eseguì anche manifesti teatrali per la Compagnia Ulisse Barbieri di Livorno.
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