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.


Befani Gennaro *

Napoli 1866 - Parigi dopo il 1937
Nipote di A. Formis, studiò all'Accademia di Napoli con F. Palizzi. Dal 1884 espose a Milano, (Studi dal vero e Tamburello), dove nel frattempo si era trasferito, a Torino (Il primo dono, 1884), alla Promotrice di Napoli (In flagrante, 1886) e a Londra (Cape Nenna, Riminiscenze di Napoli, 1888). Nel 1899 si stabilì a Parigi, dove espose con successo ai Salon, dal 1901 al 1910, opere di genere, paesaggi e ritratti con un linguaggio verista presto adeguato alle esigenze del mercato.
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