Cesare Félix Georges DELL'ACQUA (Pirano 1821 - Brussels 1905)

Oil on canvas: 121 x 85 cm / 47.6 x 33.5 ins
Signed lower right

Provenance: Austrian/Belgian School

Exhibitions: Antwerp - Brussels - Trieste

Literature: P.& V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgain painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 198.

Artist Biography: Painter of history, portraits, genre scenes and murals; watercolourist.

Cesare Dell'Acqua trained at the Venice Academy, which he joined at the age of 21 and devoted himself to historical painting and portraiture. One of his earliest pictures "Cimabue Meeting the Young Giotto" (1847) was noticed and bought by Archduke Johann of Austria. This was the turning point for the young artist's reputation. He went to Paris, then to Brussels where he stayed with one of his brothers. From this time on, Dell'Acqua enjoyed success with the historical pictures he sent to exhibitions in Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Liège , Paris and Rotterdam. He was also commissioned by the Emperor Maximilian to execute a major decoration in the palace of Miramar (1858-1866).

Dell'Acqua also earned a place of distinction among watercolour painters.

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