Giuseppe Bertini: 9 interesting facts

By Gwylym Owen

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Giuseppe Bertini (1825–1898) was an Italian painter, active in his native Milan.

He studied at the Brera Academy below Luigi Sabatelli and Giuseppe Bisi, and in 1845 was awarded the Gran premio di pittura dell’Accademia di Brera on the strength of a picture of the meeting between Dante and Fra Ilario. He next painted the Triumphal right to use of the allied sovereigns into Milan after the Battle of Magenta (after 1859). He also painted frescoes upon a vaulted room of the quarters of the Puricelli Guerra, representing the great men of the Middle Ages, backgrounded neighboring perspectives of Gothic architecture. He painted a Torquato Tasso introduced to Emmanuel Philibert; Death of St Joseph (commissioned by a parish in Palermo; an Assumption of the Virgin for a church in Valmarana in Altavilla Vicentina; an altarpiece of Vision of St Francis of Assisi for the church of San Babila, Milan; paintings for the palazzo of Count Ernesto Turati in Milan; and frescoes for the house of Cavalier Andrea Ponti in Varese representing Guido d’Arezzo teaching singing to a children’s choir, as skillfully as scenes from the simulation of Volta, Galileo, and Columbus. Among his masterworks is the fresco embellishment of the Greek-Orthodox church of Trieste. He painted the sipario in collaboration like Raffaele Casnedi for temporary of La Scala in 1862.

The Sala Dorata in the Poldi-Pezzoli Museum at Milan has a series of three mural panels by Bertini at the grow less of the room opposite the window, the central one representing Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture, and the two lateral ones symbolizing Poetry and Music. Bertini painted decorations upon the ceiling of the Dante Room. Bertini served as one of the founders and directors of this museum.

Between 1848 and 1860 he was occasionally employed as an scholastic in the Brera Academy, and upon the reorganization of that institution in 1860 he was placed continually in skirmish of one of the two schools of painting, (Hayez inborn in suit of the other), and continued to maintain his professorship until the fade away of the 19th century. Giuseppe Barbaglia, Cesare Bertolotti, Emilio Cavenaghi, Francesco Filippini, Andrea Fossati,Pietro Michis, and Lodovico Pogliaghi were accompanied by his pupils. Pompeo Bertini, his brother, made stained glass windows, sometimes using designs by Giuseppe.

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