Giuseppe Bonito

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Giuseppe Bonito
Bonito - Self-portrait.jpg
Born(1707-01-11)11 January 1707
Died9 May 1789(1789-05-09) (aged 82)
EducationFrancesco Solimena
Known forPainting
MovementRococo or late-Baroque
Patron(s)Neapolitan House of Borbon

Giuseppe Bonito (11 January 1707 – 9 May 1789) was a Neapolitan painter of the Rococo period. Giuseppe Bonito is known for genre depictions on canvas. Many of Gaspare Traversi's paintings had previously been attributed to Bonito.


Bonito was born at Castellammare di Stabia, and, like Traversi, was a student at the large studio of Francesco Solimena. One of his contemporaries there was Gaspare Traversi. Bonito represented urban scenes with folklore details and figures of commedia dell'arte. Between the 1736 and 1742 Bonito worked for the House of Borbon in the royal Palace of Portici. He also painted portraits including one of Maria Amalia of Saxony, wife of the Charles VII, king of Naples and Charles III of Spain. An altarpiece of the Immaculate Conception was painted in 1789 for the chapel of Royal Palace of Caserta. One of his pupils was Angelo Mozzillo. He died in Naples.