01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Edgardo Saporetti’s Italian Mother with two children, with Footnotes. #100

Edgardo Saporetti, 1865 – 1909
Italian Mother with two children

Oil on canvas.
74 x 62 cm.
Private collection

The young woman leans against a house wall with a view of the viewer, a small child on her breast, the older daughter looking at the child.

Edgardo Saporetti (Bagnacavallo, 1865 – Bellaria, 1909) was an Italian painter of eclectic subjects, including portraits, landscapes, and genre subjects.

He was the son of Pietro Saporetti, painter and docent of the Academy of Fine Arts of Ravenna, and initially studied there. At the age of 15 years, he traveled to Rome to work under Cesare Mariani, director of the Accademia di San Luca, then moved to Naples where he worked in the studio of Domenico Morelli. He was commissioned to complete portraits of the King Umberto I, his wife, and son Victor Emmanuel III.

His life and career is described as restless and stormy, and financial and other complications, forced him to exile himself to London. He was to return to Florence in 1903, where he obtained an appointment as adjunct professor of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Florence. Among his works there was a series of illustrations of the Divine Comedy for the publisher and photographer Vittorio Alinari. He also completed a Via Crucis in Florence. More on Edgardo Saporetti

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