Andrea Appiani

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For his great-nephew, see Andrea Appiani the Younger.
Andrea Appiani
8812 Milano - Via Manzoni - Palazzo Brentani - Andrea Appiani - Foto Giovanni Dall'Orto 14-Apr-2007.jpg
Bust of Andrea Appiani
at Palazzo Brentani in Milan
Born (1754-05-31)31 May 1754
Died 8 November 1817(1817-11-08) (aged 63)
Nationality Italian
Known for Painting
Movement Neoclassicism
Portrait of Madame Hamelin
Portrait of Napoleon

Andrea Appiani (31 May 1754 – 8 November 1817) was an Italian neoclassical painter.

He was born in Milan. He had been intended to follow his father's career in medicine but instead entered the private academy of the painter Carlo Maria Giudici (1723–1804). He received instruction in drawing, copying mainly from sculpture and prints. He then joined the class of the fresco painter Antonio de' Giorgi, which was held at the Ambrosiana picture gallery in Milan. He also frequented the studio of Martin Knoller, where he deepened his knowledge of painting in oils; and he studied anatomy at the Ospedale Maggiore in Milan with the sculptor Gaetano Monti.

His interest in aesthetic issues was stimulated by the classical poet Giuseppe Parini, whom he drew in two fine pencil portraits. In 1776 he entered the Brera Academy of Fine Arts to follow the painting courses of Giulio Traballesi, from whom he received a mastery of the fresco technique. Among his masterpieces are the frescoes (1795) depicting the four evangelists and doctors of the church that he painted for the cupola and pendentives for the church of Santa Maria presso San Celso.[1] Another masterpiece are the frescoes depicting Allegories of Virtues and others honoring Napoleon in the rooms of the Royal Palace of Milan.[2]

He was made pensioned artist to the Kingdom of Italy by Napoleon, but lost his allowance after the events of 1814 and fell into poverty. During his stint as court painter he rendered portraits of Napoleon and the chief personages of his regime. Among the most graceful of his oil paintings are his Venus and Love, and Rinaldo in the garden of Armida. He is known as "the elder", to distinguish him from his great-nephew Andrea Appiani, an historical painter at Rome. Other painters of the same name were Niccolò Appiani and Francesco Appiani.

He painted for a church in Alzano, a large canvas of the Encounter of Rachel and Jacob. The Brera has a fresco by Appiani representing Olympus.

He died at Milan in 1817. Among his pupils are Antonio De Antoni, Carlo Prajer, Angelo Monticelli, and Giuseppe Bossi.[3]



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