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Gioacchino Banfi, uomo in costume del '500


GIOACCHINO BANFI (Milano 1851 - 1885) UOMO IN COSTUME DEL '500 (Seated man in 16th century attire)
Etching, Mezzetti 20, before 1878, signed in plate G.Banfi. A fine impression, printed on wove Fabriano paper, with full margins, in very good condition. To the platemark 192 x 149 mm, the entire sheet measuring 480 x 320 mm.
Another fine example of the print is at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan. See Lamberto Vitali, Incisioni Lombarde del Secondo Ottocento all'Ambrosiana, Milan, 1970; no. 13, illustrated.

A pupil of Pagliano as a printmaker, Banfi won in 1876 the prize Girotti for etchers. He was a pupil at the Brera of the painters R. Casnedi and G. Bertini and won with his painting Erodiade, 1878, the Oggioni prize. In the 80s he painted genre and landscape works and paintings of interiors. He died at a young age.


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