Gordigiani, Michele

BORN 29 Mar 1835, Firenze, Toscana - DIED 7 Oct 1909, Firenze, Toscana
GRAVE LOCATION Firenze, Toscana: Cimitero Monumentale delle Porte Sante (Gordigiani family tomb (number 44))

Michele Giordigiani was the son of the composer Luigi Giorgiani (1806-1860). His mother Anna Giuliani was a daughter of the composer Mauro Giuliani, He studied in Florence under Giuseppe Bezzuoli, Luigi Norcini and Silvestro Lega. He worked in the studios of Luigi Mussini and Adolph Sturler as well. In 1860 his friend Virginia Oldoini, known as the Countess of Castiglione, invited him to Paris. In 1862 he married Gabriella Coujère. They had four children. The youngest was Giulietta, who would marry the Berlin banker Robert von Mendelssohn.

Gordigiani was a very successful portrait painter and King Emanuele II sat for him. In 1867 he painted Queen Victoria as well as Prince Albert. His portraits of Elizabeth and Robert Browning are now in the National Portrait Gallery in London. He also painted genre scenes and landscapes.

• Daughter: Gordigiani, Giulietta

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The grave of Michele Gordigiani and Giulietta Gordigiani at the Cimitero Monumentale delle Porte Sante, Florence.
Picture by Androom (19 Feb 2018)


"Ritratto di Gabriella Coujère, moglie del pittore".
(Firenze: Palazzo Pitti, Galleria d'arte Moderna)

Michele Gordigiani - Wikipedia
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Published: 13 May 2018
Last update: 22 Dec 2019