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Biographies of famous Italian artists, actors and directors.

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Biography of Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren is a motion picture and stage, Academy Award-winning actress, widely considered to be the most popular Italian performer.
Giorgio de Chirico Melancholia, 1916 The Menil Collection, Houston Photo: Hickey-Robertson, Houston

Biography and art works of Giorgio De Chirico

Giorgio de Chirico was born in Greece in 1888, to Italian parents. Although he was the son of a railroad worker, Chirico quickly developed an interest in art. He studied in Athens, Munich and Italy, and settled in Paris in 1912, where he stayed until the outbreak of the...
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Biography and art works of Canaletto

Giovanni Antonio Canale, known as Canaletto, was born in 1697 in Venice where his father was a painter of theatrical scenery. The young Canaletto studied first in his father's workshop then probably under the Dutch painter van Wittel. He next went to Rome, where he learned perspective from Panini,...
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Biography and art works of Masaccio

Tommaso di Giovanni di Simone, known as Masaccio, was not only the greatest Florentine painter of the early fifteenth century, but remains one of the most important figures in the history of Western art. In only a few brief years, he created the early Renaissance style of painting. Masaccio was...
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Biography and art works of Paolo Uccello

Paolo Uccello (born Paolo di Dono in 1397) was a Florentine painter who was notable for his pioneering work on visual perspective in art. His nickname Uccello came from his fondness for painting birds. With his precise, analytical mind he tried to apply a scientific method to depict objects...
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Biography and art works of Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli was born in Florence in 1445. The most humanistic of the Renaissance painters, he was at first apprenticed to a goldsmith. He became, in 1465, a pupil of Fra Filippo Lippi's, and remained with him for about two years. It is believed that he later worked with...
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Famous Italian artists

Michelangelo Buonarroti Born in Caprese, near Florence, in 1475, this magnificent artist and sculptor transformed blocks of marble into figures full of life. His immortal works include the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museum, the Pietà and The Last Judgment. Read the biography. Donatello Considered the founder of modern sculpture, Donato de...
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Biography and art works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti

All three of the Rossetti siblings would have important effects on late-nineteenth-century English culture: Christina became a well-regarded poet, and William Michael became an influential critic. Dante Gabriel  spent the earliest part of his career torn between painting and writing, but entered the prestigious Saas Drawing Academy in 1841 and...
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Biography and art works of Umberto Boccioni

Umberto Boccioni, Futurist theoretician, painter, and sculptor, was born in 1882 in Reggio Calabria and was a graduate of the Technical Institute of Catania when he began to study art in Rome. His earliest work was romantic and strongly influenced by the floral arabesques of Art Nouveau. In 1901, Boccioni...
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Biography and art works of Il Bronzino

Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano, called Il Bronzino, was born in 1503 in Monticello, outside Florence. He was first a student of, and then assistant to, Jacopo Pontormo, one of the founders of Florentine Mannerism. Pontormo, after studies with Andrea del Sarto, was influenced by Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Durer, and...

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