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.


Benvenuti Niccola*

Arezzo 1785 - Firenze 1851
Fratello minore di Pietro e suo allievo, studiò dal 1804 all’Accademia di Firenze, dove venne premiato al concorso del 1812 per un Apollo citaredo, e presentò all’esposizione annuale del 1816 il dipinto La parabola del Samaritano. Nel 1822 riuscì a ottenere la prima commissione importante: ebbe infatti l’incarico di decorare i due soffitti del fiorentino Palazzo Borghese con soggetti mitologici (Clizia cangiata in girasole e Fausto con Romolo e Remo). Due anni più tardi, nel 1824, fu chiamato a lavorare per Palazzo Pitti, ove affrescò un soffitto con Bireno che abbandona Olimpia, ora scialbato.
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