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.


Cantù Luigi*

Torino 1847- ?
Studiò privatamente sotto la guida di A. Gastaldi, L. Delleani e E. Gamba. Fra il 1871 e il 1884 partecipò alle esposizioni annuali della Promotrice torinese con paesaggi (1871, Ricordo di Rivoli, 1872, Un giorno di spleen; 1873, Spiaggia di Rio Marina-Isola d'Elba; 1879, Presso Porto Venere; 1880, Verso il Lido-Venezia) e scene di genere (1873, A domani!; 1874, Libertà concessa ed invidiata). Espose anche alla Promotrice di Genova (1874) e a Milano (1881). Disegnatore accurato, Cantù eseguì numerosi ritratti a pastello e ad acquerello e trattò per vari anni l'illustrazione di opere scientifiche.
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