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.


Todeschini Elia *

Attivo a Milano fra il 1854 e il 1888
L’artista, di cui non si hanno notizie anagrafiche, dedicò interamente la propria produzione ai soggetti orientali, che presero l'avvio durante un soggiorno a Costantinopoli intorno al 1858 (A mosca cieca-scena nell'harem; Costantinopoli 1858, Milano, Galleria d'Arte Moderna). Da quella data frequentò le esposizioni di Milano e di Torino con cadenza annuale, presentando quadri di figura, scene popolari e paesaggi turchi e, dopo il 1865, anche tunisini (Cortile arabo in Tunisia, esposto a Milano nel 1865).
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