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date: 12 December 2019

Migliara, Giovannilocked

(b Alessandria, Oct 5, 1785; d Milan, April 18, 1837).
  • Lucinda Lubbock

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(b Alessandria, Oct 5, 1785; d Milan, April 18, 1837).

Italian painter and teacher. He began his career as a scene painter with Gaspare Galiari (1761–1823) in Milan, working at the Teatro Carcano in 1804 and at La Scala from 1805 to 1809. Owing to illness, after 1810 he turned to small-scale works in watercolour or oil using various supports, including silk and ivory. At this date Milanese painting was dominated by Andrea Appiani and Luigi Sabatelli, both leading Neo-classical artists. However, Migliara remained aloof from this dominant movement and instead drew on medieval and historical subjects with Romantic undertones. His precise, jewel-like technique and choice of subject-matter found favour with aristocratic patrons in Milan. His figures are generally stilted and burdened by their costumes, though the crowd in Sacking of Minister Prina’s House (1814; Milan, Gal. A. Mod.) is depicted with unusual fluency. In 1822 Migliara was appointed Professor of Perspective at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan, and in ...

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A. M. Comanducci: Dizionario illustrato dei pittori, scultori, disegnatori e incisori italiani moderni e contemporanei, 5 vols (Milan, 1934, rev. 3/1962)