Anacoreti nel Deserto

Pietro Annigoni (1910-1988) – “Anacoreti nel Deserto” [“Anchorites in the Desert”] (Private Collection)
anchorites in the desert
Annigoni was born in Milan. He studied at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Florence, taking classes in painting, sculpture and engraving. Basing his style on the Italian old masters he studied their techniques, learning the art of ‘oil tempera’ under the Russian painter, Nikolai Lokoff. Initially Annigoni’s success was limited to Italy where his sharply evocative landscapes were very popular. In 1947 along with Gregory Sciltian, the brothers Antonio and Xavier Bueno, and others, he signed the manifesto of the ‘Modern Realist Painters’, coming out in open opposition to abstract art. Alone among the signatories Annigoni remained true, both aesthetically and ethically to the doctrines of the manifesto.
Annigoni selfportrait
Self-portrait of Pietro Annigoni painted in 1946, size 45 x 35.5 cm in Tempera grassa su tela.

Annigoni remained a prominent artistic personality until his death in Florence in 1988, his paintings a powerful evocation of the great Renaissance tradition.
Annigoni, Pietro (1910-1988) - Anchorites in the Desert (Private Collection)

see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pietro_Annigoni
https://www.artrenewal.org/pages/artist.php?artistid=191
http://www.annigoni.info/ (in Italian)

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