Pietro Annigoni (Milan
1910 - Florence 1988)
When he subscribed the "Manifesto of the Reality
Modern Painters" in 1947, with many other members as Gregorio Sciltian, he was
plagued by reviews which labelled him as "the Queen painter".
Born in Milan, his graphic technique of painting strictly connected with the
Ambrosian Leonardo's drawings and was typical of a Renaissance painter.
He enjoyed the De Chirico esteem because of his aversion to the
non-representational movements, considered as
poisoned by a spiritual decline after a
tragic loss of love for life; but Carlo Carrà accused his
technicality of anachronism.
When Italy gave him a cold welcome, he won popularity; becoming the official
portraitist of the English aristocracy, commissioned by the English Royal
Academy (he is the author of the Elizabeth II portrait, 1955).
He was officially supported and he accepted the honorary appointment of "Cavaliere
di Gran Croce".
He was considered the only Italian classical painter worthy of the
twentieth-century because of his real spirit of freedom and his great love for
He died in Florence in 1988.
Pietro Annigoni : oltre l'apparenza
/ San Pietro Museum, Assisi 2006
Consulenza linguistica a cura di Rosa Maria Curci