Raffaello Sorbi Italy

2-24-1844 Florence, ITA - 12-19-1931 Florence, ITA

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Sorbi, Raffaello

Raffaello Sorbi studied design in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Florence; then painting under professor Antonio Ciseri. By 18 years, he had completed his first major work: Corso Donati mortally wounded is transported by Monks of San Salvi to their Abbey. The painting won an award at the Florentine Triennale contest of 1861. He completed commissions for patrons in America and England. In 1863, Raffaello Sorbi won a contest in Rome with the essay piece Savonarola explains the Bible to some friends in the Convent of San Marco. He was unable to make use of the stipend attached to the prize.

In Florence, Raffaello Sorbi exhibited a work depicting Riccarda Donati kidnapped from the Convent of Santa Chiara, by her brother Corso. He completed a St Catherine of Siena before an angry Florentine mob after concluding peace with the Pope, by commission for signore marchese Carlo Torrigiani.

After this work, Raffaello Sorbi produced mainly small canvases, mostly sold through the Goupil Gallery of Paris. Many are of antique Roman (Neo-Pompeian) or from the historical Tuscan past. Other paintings are genre scenes in 18th-century dress and finery. Many of his works were acquired by English collectors. Among his works are a series of games, including Il Giuoco delle Bocce, delle Carte, del Pallone, della Ruzzola, and della Mora. Raffaello Sorbi became academician at the Royal Institute of Fine Arts of Florence and resident professor and honorary associate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Urbino.

Art Movement: Academic Art
Influences: Antonio Ciseri
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