Ritratto di Sarah Bernhardt di Attilio Simonetti, acquarello
Beautiful watercolor of one of the greatest French actresses of the nineteenth century:
ATTILIO SIMONETTI (Rome 1843-1925)
"Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt"
Signed lower right "A.Simonetti".
In its rich Italian original frame decorated with acanthus leaves, cartridges, pearls and flowers.
Ancient inscription in pencil on the back "Sarah Bernhardt".
Dimensions: 26.5 x 16.5 cm Watercolour. Frame 49 x 41 cm.
Attilio Simonetti (Rome, 1843-1925):
Attilio Simonetti was an Italian painter and antiquarian. Son of François Simonetti, Roman goldsmith and sculptor, and Caroline Raffaelli, who belonged to a famous family specialized in the art of mosaic. Attilio among his ancestors Giacomo Raffaelli (1753-1836), whose mosaic representing the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, executed in 1818, was purchased by Emperor Francis I of Austria and placed in the church of the Friars Minor Vienna. Attilio Simonetti began studying art at the age of sixteen years at the Academy of St. Luke. From a young age Attilio showed a keen interest in painting and drawing, making the know and appreciate by the Spanish painter Mariano Fortuny (1838-1874), becoming the disciple and friend of the famous painter. They shared the same shop on the Via Flaminia in Rome. In 1868 he exhibited two paintings at the Brera Gallery in Milan on the theme of the old quarters of Rome. At the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in Naples in 1877, he has two paintings that were bought by Prince Umberto, who a few months later was to become king of Italy under the name of Umberto I. Naples in During one of his many trips with Mariano Fortuny, he became friends with the painter Filippo Palizzi (from 1818 to 1899. In 1875, he was among the founders of the Romans Water Color Association, which took an active part up 'in 1883. He was the executor of his friend Mariano Fortuny then started looking more and more antiques, with special attention to ancient art. The palace Odescalchi in Via Vittoria Colonna, that he bought in 1904, became the seat of his antiques gallery and his painter's studio. It mattered very client base of major collectors like Pierpont Morgan and Lord William Waldorf Astor. Some of his works are currently held at the Galleria d Arte Moderna in Milan, the Museo di Capodimonte in Naples, at the Metropolitan Museum in New York ...