The Portrait Society | Carlo Arienti

09/05/1997 | 20th centuryCharcoal and acrylic on canvas50 x 40 cm

Carlo Arienti was an Italian painter of the 19th century. During his studies at the Accademia di Brera in Milan (from 1814), he already painted numerous works, which he sold mainly to art dealers. From 1824 to 1828, Arienti lived and worked first in Rome, then in France. Besides religious and historical scenes, he mainly painted portraits. In 1831, Arienti had his first success with a portrait of the composer Vincenzo Bellini. His commissioners came from the Italian and Habsburg nobility. In 1843, he took up a professorship at the Accademia Albertina in Turin. In 1859, he was appointed director at the Academy of Arts in Bologna. In his late work, Arienti devoted himself above all to patriotic painting and supported the Italian army in its fight against Austria by selling his paintings. In 1869, he suffered a severe stroke from which he never recovered. Arienti died in Bologna in 1873.

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