Ettore Roesler Franz

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Ettore Roesler Franz
Ettore Roesler Franz by Giacomo Balla.jpg
Portrait of Ettore Roesler Franz by Giacomo Balla, c. 1902, exhibited at the Biennale di Venezia of 1903
Born 11 May 1845
Rome, Italy
Died 26 March 1907
Rome, Italy
Education self-taught
Notable work Roma sparita
Ponte Rotto in Rome
An 1880 watercolor of the Roman Ghetto

Ettore Roesler Franz (11 May 1845 – 26 March 1907) was an Italian painter and photographer of German origin.

Roesler Franz was born in Rome. He was a specialıst in the technique of watercolor. His most famous work is a series of 120 aquarelles (water colors) named "Roma sparita" (disappeared Rome), which depict with great realism parts of the city he supposed were going to be destroyed in the effort to modernize it. Many of his watercolors are in the Museum of Rome in Trastevere.

In 1902 he was portrayed by Giacomo Balla in a famous painting exhibited at the Venice Biennale. He died in Rome in 1907.


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  • Comanducci, A.M. (1962). Dizionario illustrato dei pittori e incisori italiani moderni. Milano. 

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