DELL'ACQUA Cesare Félix Georges
ENTERTAINING THE BABY
Oil on canvas 79 x 63 cm
Signed and dated 1868 lower left
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. He devoted himself to historical subjects and portraits. 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 and 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 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.
Pirano (Istria) 1821 - Brussels 1905
Antwerp - Brussels - Trieste
P.& V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgain painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 198.