BORN 1778, Torino, Piemonte - DIED 24 Apr 1829|
BIRTH NAME Clerc, Sofia
CAUSE OF DEATH nervous fever
GRAVE LOCATION Torino, Piemonte: Cimitero Monumentale, Corso Novara
Sofia Giordano came from a modest family. She showed artistic promise and was a pupil of the Bolognese painter Pietro Giacomo Palmieri. With the help of her godfather, the banker Giacomo Vinay, she went to Rome when she was ninenteen years old. There she studied at the miniature and pastel school of Theresa Mengs Maron. In 1801 she was portrayed by Giovanni Domenico Cherubini (now in the collection of the Accademia di San Luca).
She returned to Turin and in 1803 she married the surgeon Giovanni Giordano but she continued painting under her maiden name. In 1805 she attracted the attention of Napoleon and she painted his portrait. This portrait was given to the Museo del Risorgimento in Turin by Delphine Beeker. She painted mainly portraits and he work was presented at the exhibitions of 1805, 1811 and 1820 in turin. She died in 1829. Her funeral momument at the Cimitero Monumnetale in Turin was commissioned years later by her son Scipione (1817-1894).
painted Napoleon I Bonaparte
Sofia Giordano - Wikipedia