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Italian, 17th century, male.

Born c. 1600, in Città di Castello; died 1656.

Painter, fresco artist, draughtsman, illustrator. Religious subjects.

A pupil of Giuseppe Cesari Cavaliero d'Arpino; reputed to be a skilful painter of historical themes and frescoes. He assisted Bernini on various projects. Abbatini is known to have painted the ceiling of the S Teresa Chapel in Rome's S Maria della Vittoria Church. He was a member of the Accademia di San Luca in Rome. Also known for drawings made for the frontispiece and other plates for ...

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British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 9 February 1927, in London; died 9 March 2005, in London.

Painter, illustrator, theatre designer. Religious themes.

London Group.

Norman Adams was a student at Harrow School of Art (1940-1946) before he went on to the Royal College of Art in London (...

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French, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1757, in Niort (Deux-Sèvres); died 1828.

Painter, copyist. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, portraits.

His religious and mythological scenes and his portraits sometimes have a lyric quality reminiscent of Delacroix. He is also known for his Schemes for a New System for Promotion of the Arts...

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Italian, 19th century, male.

Born 1777, in Cremona; died 1857.

Painter, watercolourist, decorative designer, illustrator. Portraits, landscapes with figures, landscapes. Murals, church decoration, theatre decoration.

Agostino Aglio trained in Milan at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. In 1803 he went to England to collaborate with William Wilkins, the architect, on a work concerning the antiquities of ancient Greece, which was published in ...

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Italian, 17th century, male.

Painter, copyist. Religious subjects.

Lived on Capri around 1670 and is listed in the records of the Confraternità di S Rocco as having copied the paintings by Guido Reni that decorate the altar of S Rocco.

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Born c. 1750, in Rome.

Painter, copyist. Religious subjects.

Followed in the footsteps of his mentor Christoph Unterberger, painting chiefly churches, but also produced drawings for subsequent engraving, notably: Christ on the Cross (De la Cour) and Life of Jesus and the Virgin...

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French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 18 January 1868, in Paris.

Painter, illustrator. Religious subjects, portraits, genre scenes.

Henri Alberti studied under Doucet, J. Lefebvre and Luc-Olivier Merson. He first exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1894, and showed work there until 1920...

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Italian, 15th century, male.

Painter, illuminator. Religious subjects.

Florentine School.

Alexander was the son of Antonio Simeone of Florence. A hermit of the Order of St Augustine, he created the illuminations for a book of prayers for Lorenzo Strozzi.

Cambridge (Fitzwilliam Library): Book of Prayers...

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German, 16th century, male.

Active between 1512 and 1561.

Painter, engraver (wood), illustrator. Religious subjects.

Erhard Altdorfer is believed to have been the brother of Albrecht Altdorfer. The latter mentions him in his will, dated 12 February 1538, as a citizen of Schwerin. Erhard was a painter to the court of Prince Henry the Peaceful and accompanied him to a royal wedding in Wittenburg. This occasion is believed to have given him the opportunity to meet Lucas Cranach, whose influence can be detected in some of his works. In 1516 he painted an altarpiece in Sternberg, Germany, which has been lost. In a 1552 letter to the young Duke John-Albert of Mecklenburg, he gives the impression of having been an architect along with his brother. Erhard Altdorfer is known today for his wood engravings, some of which are signed with a monogram formed by an intertwining of the letters ...

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Austrian, 19th century, male.

Born 14 April 1803, in Vienna; died 15 January 1887, in Vienna.

Painter, engraver, illuminator. Religious subjects, portraits, genre scenes.

Biedermeier.

Amerling was from a poor family and had to overcome numerous obstacles in order to get his artistic career under way. He began by illuminating geographical maps and doing line engravings. In ...

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Italian, 17th century, male.

Active in Verona towards the middle of the 17th century.

Painter, copyist. Religious subjects.

Amigazzi studied under Claudio Ridolfi and proved to be, above all, an accomplished copyist - to the point where much of his work has been attributed to his mentor. The copy he painted of Paolo Veronese's ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 7 December 1881, in Mede Lomellina (Pavia); died 8 September 1941, in Portofino.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator. Figure compositions, religious subjects, figures, nudes, portraits, genre scenes, landscapes, seascapes, still-lifes (including flowers). Murals.

Giuseppe Amisani trained with Cesare Tallone and Vespesiano Bignami at the Accademia di Brera, Milan. In 1914 he began making frequent trips to Portofino and London; he also travelled around France, Egypt (where Prince Farouk commissioned paintings from him in the 1920s), Algeria and South America. He exhibited his works during his travels....

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Swiss, 19th century, male.

Born 17 December 1791, in Schinznach; died 14 May 1849, in Munich.

Engraver (burin/etching), draughtsman. Religious subjects, portraits. Frontispieces.

Samuel Amsler learnt basic drawing skills from Wildegg, and was later a pupil of burin engraver Oberkogler in Zurich, and Johann Heinrich Lips and Karl Hess at the academy in Munich. In 1816, he went to Rome with painter Joh. Anton Ramboux and became friends with and an associate of Overbeck, Cornelius, Thorvaldsen and other young artists of the Nazarene school. This is how he and his friend Barth came to engrave the frontispiece of Cornelius's ...

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French, 19th century, female.

Active in England and the USA.

Born 1823, in Paris; died 1903.

Painter, illustrator. Portraits, genre scenes, landscapes, history painting including literary, religious and classical subjects.

Sophie Anderson was the daughter of the Parisian architect Charles A.C. Gengembre, and an English mother and was brought up in rural France until the late 1840s. She studied portrait painting with Baron von Steuben in Paris before her family moved to Cincinnati at the outbreak of the 1848 revolution. Under her maiden name, she contributed five illustrations to Henry Howe's ...

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French, 19th century, male.

Born 12 December 1821, in Penouillet; died 30 January 1892, in Paris.

Painter, watercolourist, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator. Religious subjects, figures, landscapes, animals.

Pierre Andrieu studied under and collaborated with Eugène Delacroix, working at the Château de Guermantes and restoring Delacroix's ceiling in the Apollo Gallery in the Louvre. He made a major contribution, alongside his mentor, to the decoration of the former Hôtel de Ville in Paris. Preliminary studies and sketches for this project now in the Hôtel de Ville attest to his ability. Andrieu also produced a large number of small paintings, watercolours and pen-and-ink studies, typically of lions and tigers. He was a prolific book illustrator, often in the form of pen-and-ink drawings which betray a highly sensitive touch. His drawings are of particular interest. Béraldi also makes particular reference to his small but attractive ...

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French, 18th century, male.

Died c. 1773.

Draughtsman, copyist. Mythological subjects, religious subjects, allegorical subjects, genre scenes, landscapes.

Little is known of Robert Ango's life. He is thought to have worked with Giuseppe Grisoni and above all to have been a friend of Jean-Honoré Fragonard. He was essentially a copyist, basing his work on that of Fragonard, Hubert Robert, Rembrandt and Michelangelo. No works of his own have been identified. A. Ananoff, an expert on the circle of François Boucher, discovered that some drawings thought to be Fragonard originals were really the work of Ango. They do not have Fragonard's lightness of touch and line but appear heavy and confused. Ananoff made the same discovery with regard to drawings by Hubert Robert, which are self-evidently copies by Ango. Ango signed these drawings with an A placed after the date, or he noted the original artist's name, but did not imitate his signature. Most of these copies, Ananoff states, date ...

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British, 20th century, male.

Active also active in the USA.

Born 1881, in Ringwood (Hampshire); died 1972.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, engraver (etching), illustrator. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, genre scenes, portraits, landscapes, still-lifes.

Having studied at the Birmingham School of Art, Armfield went on to study in Paris with Raphael Collin, Dauchez and Prinet. From ...

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British, 18th – 19th century, male.

Active in London.

Painter, copyist. Religious subjects, portraits. Miniatures.

An artist by this name figures in the catalogues of the Royal Academy between 1792 and 1829. He is credited with numerous portraits and copies, including Cain and Abel and Jesus and Mary Magdalene...

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Swedish, 19th century, male.

Born 25 December 1834, in Söndfjord, Norway; died 22 October 1900, in Düsseldorf.

Painter, copyist. Religious subjects, genre scenes, landscapes, still-lifes, animals.

As a boy, Askevold worked as a shepherd, and it was while looking after his flock that he first became aware of his talent for painting animals. He went to study in Bergen with the landscape artist Reusch, a pupil of Johan Christian Dahl. Under his master's direction, Askevold painted still-lifes. In the autumn of 1855, he went to Düsseldorf, where he became a pupil of his compatriot Gude. Then, with the aid of a bursary, he spent four years in Paris studying without a teacher. From 1866 to 1880, he lived in Bergen, occasionally leaving to visit Düsseldorf (1869) and Munich (1877-1878)....

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French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born January 1851, in Paris; died 1938.

Painter, sculptor, illustrator. Religious subjects, portraits, genre scenes.

Orientalism.

Albert Aublet was a pupil of Claudius Jacquand and Gérôme. Very early on, he was drawn to the East, first visiting Constantinople (now Istanbul) in ...