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Alessandro Ossani. Rome. 1854. Maddalena in prayer.

Alessandro Ossani. Rome. 1854. Maddalena in prayer.

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Alessandro Ossani. Rome. 1854. Maddalena in prayer.
Technique: oil on canvas. In its original frame. Original canvas. Gilded wooden frame from the same period as the painting. The painting is signed and dated in red characters on the right side by Alessandro Ossani.
The painting belongs to the artistic movement of Italian purism.
The painting is in excellent condition with a brightness of colors that reflects the “purist” style of the artist.

Biographical notes on the artist: OSSANI ALESSANDRO, born around 1827. Active in Rome, Florence, and England between 1856 and 1893.

The artist, of whom there is little biographical information, first appeared at the Roman exhibition of Amateurs and Cultivators in 1856 (Portrait, Woman Adorning Herself). He was present at the Milan Exhibition in 1864 with an allegorical painting (La Musica) and at the Florentine exhibitions of 1867 and 1872 with numerous portraits, which seem to testify to constant relationships with a quality foreign clientele (1867, Madame Hopeneim born Fenzi, Baroness d’Hooghvorst born Marchesa Guadagni). His most famous painting is in Florence, in the Palazzo Pitti: Portrait of Giulia Fabbricotti.

He executed numerous portraits of English families and his works are mainly sold in the United Kingdom. Although there is no certain information, it can be said that the painter moved to England during his mature years, where he was highly sought after as a portraitist.

There are 3 portraits by A. Ossani at the National Portrait Gallery, London, England. The artist is often cited as a British artist, probably due to a long residence in England.

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