Corcos, Vittorio Matteo

PAINTER (ITALY)
BORN 4 Oct 1859, Livorno, Toscana - DIED 8 Nov 1933, Firenze, Toscana
GRAVE LOCATION Firenze, Toscana: Cimitero Monumentale delle Porte Sante

Vittiorio Corcos came from a modest Jewish family. He studied at the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Firenze under Enrico Pollastrini. In Naples he worked at the studio of Domenico Morelli from 1878 to 1879 and was influenced by his work.

He went to Paris in 1880 where he frequented the studio of Léon Bonnat. He exhibited at the Salon between 1881 and 1886. In Paris Edmond de Goncourt introduced him to Émile Zola, Gustave Flaubert and other authors.

In 1886 he returned to Italy and settled in Florence in 1887. In 1887 he converted to Catholicism. He had married Giacomo Rotigliano's widow Emma Ciabatti (1860-1933) on 29 November 1886 and through her he came into contact with Carducci and D'Annunzio. In Florence he received many commissions for high society portraits. He also travelled to London and Paris to execute portraits. In 1904 he went to Potsdam for two years and there he painted the portrait of Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany. In 1905 he painted Amelia of Orléans.

His son, who was also a painter, was killed during the First World War. In 1928 he painted Mussolini. He lived in his villa in Castigliocello and in Florence, were he died in 1933. The Uffizi museum in Florence has a self portrait by his hand in its collection.

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• knew Annunzio, Gabriele d'
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Images

The grave of Vittorio Corcos at the Cimitero Monumentale delle Porte Sante, Firenze.
Picture by Androom (05 Feb 2011)

 

The grave of Vittorio Corcos at the Cimitero Monumentale delle Porte Sante, Firenze.
Picture by Androom (05 Feb 2011)

 


Corinth, Lovis

Published: 15 Mar 2011
Last update: 3 Dec 2017