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date: 09 May 2021

Annigoni, Pietrolocked

(b Milan, June 7, 1910; d Florence, Oct 29, 1988).
  • Philip Core

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(b Milan, June 7, 1910; d Florence, Oct 29, 1988).

Italian painter. He studied art at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. Exhibitions of his drawings and paintings in 1929 and 1934 (Florence, Gal. Calvalensi & Botti) led to private and public commissions, including portraits and frescoes in the cloisters of S Marco, Florence. An exhibition in 1950 at Wildenstein & Co., London, introduced Annigoni’s work to the English public, with whom he remained popular. He based his style on Leonardo da Vinci and Titian, working in tempera and oil to simulate old-master oils, or pen-and-ink to imitate silverpoint. His portraits include Juanita Forbes (Forbes priv. col.; see Cammell, 1954, pl. 2), Margot Fonteyn (1956; Panama, Arrias priv. col.; see Cammell, 1956, p. 112), the Duchess of Devonshire (1954; Chatsworth, Derbys) and a commission from the livery of the Fishmongers Company of the City of London to paint Queen Elizabeth II (1954; London, Fishmongers’ Hall). This became a popular and much discussed image, and also a rallying point for conventional figurative painters in the 1950s....

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