Born in Albano Laziale on July 24, 1843 and died in Venice on February 10, 1931. At first a pupil at the Academy of Venice of his father Karl, an Austrian painter, he later trained in Rome, where in 1862 he obtained a pension. From 1888, having obtained Italian citizenship, he settled permanently in Venice. He participates in the most important collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad, earning numerous awards. In 1867, in Vienna, the Decameron painting was awarded a gold medal; in 1873, at the World Exhibition in the same city, he received the third class medal; in 1888, the painting Fox hunting in the Roman countryside was awarded the gold medal at the Munich International Exhibition; in 1894, at the Dresden International, he obtained the second class medal. He also exhibited continuously in England (in London, at the Royal Academy, between 1875 and 1891, at the Fine Art Society, at the New Gallery, at the Grafton Gallery, at the Arthur Tooth and Sons Gallery and at T. Maclean; in Liverpool, at the Walker Art Gallery), in Paris, Berlin, Brussels and St. Petersburg. In Venice, he took part in the National Exhibition (Ninetta, Puppets in the convent) in 1881 and in the International Exhibition (Ninetta) in 1887; in Milan, in 1894, at the Expositions gathered in Brera (Portrait of a Lady); in Turin, in 1898, at the National Exhibition (Portrait). And he is present at all the Venice Biennials from the first edition (1895) to the tenth (1912), exhibiting mainly portraits. In 1922, again at the Biennale, he held a personal exhibition of preparatory sketches, studies and drawings; followed by the posthumous reviews of 1932 (Portrait of his wife, The puppets at the convent, Banquet with Arlecchino and Pantalone, Marriage, Arlecchino, Party in the palace) and of 1935 at the exhibition of the forty years of the Biennale (Portrait of the daughter, Portrait, Paolina Prina De Blaas, Dog and Cat). From 1884 to 1890 he was a professor of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice and a member of the academic council. His works are preserved in some of the main Italian and foreign public and private collections, including the Kunsthallen in Copenhagen (Scene in a tailor's shop, 1876; The gourmet; Wedding in Murano), the Künsthistorisches Museum in Vienna (An excursion to Murano), the Gemälde Galerie der Akademie der bildenden Konste in Vienna (Forbidden flower), the Revoltella Museum in Trieste (Portrait of the Duchess Ersilia Canevaro, 1881), the Wolverhampton Art Gallery (At the carnival), the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum (Venetian water bearer), the Leicestershire Museum and Art Gallery (A Venetian Courtship), the Sheffield City Art Galleries (Portrait of a boy), the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (Head of a boy) and the National Portrait Gallery of London (Portrait of Philip Richard Morris).


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