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Litta Modignani, Gian Paola (1895/ 1937). Female nude from the back.

Litta Modignani, Gian Paola (1895/ 1937). Female nude from the back.

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Litta Modignani, Gian Paola (1895/ 1937), italian woman painter. 

Female nude from the back. Large size Drawing.
Charcoal on paper. Signed below and dated 1935. Italian painters of the 20th century.

A student at the Brera Academy, first of Camillo Rapetti and, later, of Attilio Andreoli, she exhibited her works for the first time in 1924 at the Circolo Artistico of Varese. She participated in the 1930 Venice Biennale and the Italian Art Exhibition held in Paris in 1931; Furthermore, she was always present at the exhibitions of the Fascist Fine Arts Union. Her artistic profile was traced, in the celebratory publications of the benefactors edited by Salvatore Spinelli, by Giorgio Nicodemi, who rightly underlined how the death of the painter had interrupted the experimental work "in which he could have thrown the violence of some chromatic chords more strongly, and a greater certainty in the setting of the masses."

This painter, in addition to being an interesting artist, has a centuries-old family history, Famous  Leonardo da Vinci's Madonna Litta, now in the Hermitage museum remembers that Noble family Litta owned a Leonardo's painting in their collection for much of the nineteenth century.
The origin of the family can be traced back to Joannes, known as Litta, of 1046, auditor at the Court of Arioaldo for the German king Henry III. However, the historical founder can be considered Balzarino de Littis, who died in the second half of the century. XIII.
The Littas had great wealth during the entire period of the Duchy of Milan; they were also bankers under the Sforza family. The family was registered among the most illustrious patricians of Milan from 1277.
From the Austrian and Castilian governments they received fiefdoms and titles of counts and marquises, and the honors of Grandees of Spain and Magnates of Hungary.



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