A copy of the Madonnina
16 December 1853
16 February 1934 (aged 80)|
Roberto Ferruzzi (Italian: [roˈbɛrto ferˈruʦʦi]; 16 December 1853 – 16 February 1934) was an Italian artist. He is best known for the painting Madonnina that won the second Venice Biennale in 1897.
Roberto Ferruzzi was born in Šibenik, in Dalmatia, in 1853 to Italian parents. At four he moved to Venice with his family. After the death of his father, a lawyer, he came back to Dalmatia and to study classics. In 1868, he returned to Venice to enroll in the Liceo Marco Foscarini. He subsequently entered the University of Padua, and graduated with a law degree. However instead of practicing law, he gained vocation as a self-taught painter.
In 1883 at Turin, he first exhibited, mostly figure paintings. In 1887, he exhibited at Venice a canvas titled La prima penitenza, depicting a genre subject, of a boy praying a rosary in penance for some bad behavior, while his grandmother looks on amused. In 1891-1892 at the Palermo exposition his genre painting Hush! won an award. In 1897 at Venice, he exhibited the Madonnina and Toward the Light.
Ferruzzi died on 16 February 1934 in Venice and was buried in the small cemetery of Luvigliano in his family's plot, near his wife Ester Sorgato and his daughter Mariska.
Two descendants had his name: the son Roberto (nicknamed Bobo), a painter of lagoons, and the grandson Roberto (nicknamed Robi), an art appraiser and antiquarian.
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