Andrea Appiani (1754 – 1817)
Italian neoclassical painter Andrea Appiani was born in Milan. He entered the private academy of the painter Carlo Maria Giudici (1723–1804) where he received instruction in drawing, copying mainly from sculpture and prints. From there, he then joined the class of the fresco painter Antonio de’ Giorgi, which was held at the Ambrosiana picture gallery in Milan. he studied anatomy at the Ospedale Maggiore in Milan with the sculptor Gaetano Monti.
Correggio was his model. His best pieces, which are in the church of Santa Maria presso San Celso Milan.
Appiani’s interest in aesthetic issues was stimulated by the classical poet Giuseppe Parini. In 1776 he entered the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. Although created a pensioned artist to the Kingdom of Italy by Napoleon. Appiani lost his allowance after the fall of the Kingdom in 1814 and fell into poverty. During his period as court painter he rendered portraits of Napoleon. Among the most graceful of which are his oil paintings Venus and Love, and Rinaldo in the garden of Armida. He is known as “the elder”, to distinguish him from his great-nephew Andrea Appiani, an historical painter in Rome.
He died at Milan in 1817.