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Federico Faruffini, portrait of Dante Alighieri

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FEDERICO FARUFFINI (Sesto San Giovanni, near Milan, 1833 - Perugia 1869) PORTRAIT OF DANTE ALIGHIERI
Black chalk, heightened with white, on grey green paper, mounted on a sheet of paper bearing the signature in pen Faruffini F. The drawing 252 x 175 mm, the sheet of mounting 280 x 198 mm. In its original frame. The drawing is the original invention by Faruffini, preparatory for an engraving in the Divina Commedia published in Milan in 1865 by Pagnoni.
Provenance:Galleria Pesaro. Exhibited in Esposizione postuma delle opere di F. Faruffini, exhibition catalogue, Milan, Galleria Pesaro, 1923. On the back of the original frame the label of Galleria Pesaro and the signature of Lino Pesaro.

Obliged by his father to study law at the University of Pavia, Faruffini also enrolled at the local civic school of painting, where from 1851 he studied under Trécourt and established a relationship with il Piccio. During stays in Florence and Rome he associated with Morelli, Bernardo Celentano and Francesco Saverio Altamura. He settled in Milan in 1860, beginning the most fruitful years of his career. But his family's lack of understanding and the critics' unfavourable reaction accentuated his financial and psychological problems. As a result, he left for Paris (1865-67) to find a more receptive market. There he did in fact work hard and successfully and was open to new stimuli. But his physical and psychological condition had by then been irreparably damaged. Back in Italy, his last period is marked by anguish, reflected in an uneven production. Faruffini committed suicide in 1869.

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