One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Antonio Ciseri (1821 - 1891)

Antonio Ciseri (b. Ronco sopra Ascona, Switzerland, 25 October 1821; d. Florence, 8 March 1891) was an Italian[1][2] painter of religious subjects.

He went to Florence in 1833 to study drawing with Ernesto Bonaiuti, and from 1834 he was a pupil of Niccola and Pietro Benvenuti at the Accademia di Belle Arti; he was later taught by Giuseppe Bezzuoli, who greatly influenced the early part of his career. In 1849, he began offering instruction to young painters, and eventually ran a private art school. Among his earliest students was Silvestro Lega.[3]

Ciseri's religious paintings are Raphaelesque in their compositional outlines and their polished surfaces, but are nearly photographic in effect. He fulfilled many important commissions from churches in Italy and Switzerland. Ciseri also painted a significant number of portraits. He died in Florence on March 8, 1891.

[From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Ciseri]
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