Kaehlbrandt, Elisabetta

BORN 27 Sep 1880, Riga - DIED 13 Dec 1970, Bergamo, Lombardia
GRAVE LOCATION Roma, Lazio: Cimitero Monumentale del Verano, Piazzale del Verano, 1 (Vecchio Reparto, Riquadro 5)

Elisabetta Kaehlbrandt was the daughter of the lawyer Alessandro Kaehlbrandt and Emma Schmidt. The family was part of the German speaking community of Latvia, then part of the Russian Empire. She studied for a year at the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg in 1901. She continued her studies in Munich and in Paris. In 1904 she exhibited for the first time in Riga.

In 1906 she moved to Vienna, where she painted many portraits of members of noble families. In 1908 she visited Italy with her sister. After visiting Venice she met the sculptor Angelo Zanelli in Rome. they married in 1909 and lived in Rome. During summer holidays in Anticoli Corrado she painted landscapes and local people. In 1920 she exhibited at the 12th Bienale of Venice. A solo exhibition took place in Milan in 1928.

Her husband died in 1942 and after an interruption in her career she exhibited again in Milan in 1946 at the Casa d'Artisti. In 1956 her work was shown at the San Marco Gallry in Rome. By that time she resided in Bergamo, where she died in 1970. She was buried in SalÚ near Brescia, but in 1982 her remains were transferred to the grave of her husband in Rome.

• Husband: Zanelli, Angelo (1909-1942)


The grave of Angelo Zanelli and Elisabetta Kaehlbrandt at the Cimitero Monumentale del Verano, Roma.
Picture by Androom (18 Feb 2020)


Kafka, Franz

Published: 01 May 2021
Last update: 17 May 2023