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.


Maffei Alessandro *

Siena 1811 - Firenze 1859
Figlio dell’ornatista Pietro, seguì la carriera del padre, lavorando in palazzi, ville e chiese senesi che decorò con temi mitologici (Palazzo Borghesi, 1834) o con scene d’ispirazione letteraria (Partenza di Pia de' Tolomei per la Maremma, 1834, Siena, Palazzo Reale). Si dedicò anche alla pittura di paese, risolvendo in maniera innovativa gli sfondi per cicli ornamentali, completati da figure eseguite dal più famoso fratello Giulio Cesare. Nel 1838 ottenne l’insegnamento di ornato presso l’Accademia di Belle Arti di Siena e nel 1842, dopo un soggiorno a Milano, passò all’Accademia di Firenze, dove rimase fino alla morte.
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