|PAINTER, ILLUSTRATOR (GERMANY)|
BORN 27 Sep 1798, Berlin - DIED 13 Nov 1868, Weimar, Thüringen|
GRAVE LOCATION Weimar, Thüringen: Historischer Friedhof (Alter Friedhof, Neuer Friedhof, Friedhof vor dem Frauentor), Poseckscher Garten
Bonaventura Genelli was the son the landscape painter Janus Genelli. He was educated by his father and at the Prussian Academy of Arts. Gottfried Schadow and Johann Erdmann Hummel were his teachers. From 1822 to 1832 he lived in Rome, where he was befriended Joseph Anton Koch and worked as his assistant.
He went to Leipzig in 1832 to decorate Hermann Härtel's villa, but he was unable to finish this commission and in 1836 he moved to Munich. His living in Munich was hard, because there was little interest in his paintings.
After many years he managed to build a reputation as a draughtsman and in 1859 he obtained a professorship in Weimar. While he lived in Weimar he mostly executed commissions for Graf Adolf Friedrich von Schack.
was a friend of Preller, Friedrich
was pupil to Schadow, Johann Gottfried
Dressler, Roland & Jochen Klauss, Weimarer Friedhöfe, Böhlau Verlag, Weimar, 1996
Bonaventura Genelli - Wikipedia