Biscarra, Giovanni Battista

PAINTER (ITALY)
BORN 22 Feb 1790, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes - DIED 13 Apr 1851, Torino, Piemonte
GRAVE LOCATION Torino, Piemonte: Cimitero Monumentale, Corso Novara (Ampliazone Primitivo Nicchione 219 Camera A)

Giovanni Biscarra was the son of Costantino Biscarra, the auditor and general treasurer of the Royal Armies of Savoy. During the French occupation of Piemont his family moved to Florence where Pietro Benvenuti was his first teacher. He received a stipend from Victor Emmanuel I to study in Rome in 1845. there he befriended Canova, Thorvaldsen, Vernet and many others.

After seven years in Rome he was asked by Charles Felix of Sardinia to come to Turin. There he was appointed royal painter and he also became the head of the Accademia Albertina in Turin. He was a prolific painter and is known for his large-scale compositions. His son Carlo Felice also worked as a painter in Turin.

Images

The grave of Giovanni Battista Biscarra at the Cimitero Monumentale, Turin.
Picture by Androom (28 Feb 2014)

 

Sources
Giovanni Battista Biscarra - Wikipedia


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Published: 9 Dec 2017
Last update: 10 Dec 2017