We've run features on Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Rembrandt. Wyeth and Whistler, Sargent and Schiele. Cadmus and Kollwitz and Constable. Ingres and Freud and Van Gogh and Prud'hon.
But there's one draftsman we've been wanting to fully explore in a feature article in Drawing magazine but can't, one artist who seems likely to offer a lot of inspiration and information for our readers: Pietro Annigoni.
Annigoni was born in Milan in 1910 and lived in Florence for most of his life. He is known for helping draft a manifesto in the late 40s advocating realism in an art world that was consumed by Abstract Expressionism. He became famous for his portraits, with his popularity seeming to peak in the early 60s. Annigoni is perhaps most famous for a somewhat romanticized portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, a likeness that was chosen for use on several paper currencies in the British Commonwealth. His portraits graced the cover of Time magazine seven times. His most famous student is Nelson Shanks.
We have been unable to secure high-resolution images of his work or even permission to reproduce his art—his estate (Annigoni died in 1988) seems to be in some disarray. So, for the purposes of education, we're posting a few small, lo-res images in the hopes that your appetite will be whetted and that you'll find his images and story helpful.
And I'll keep trying to get a feature article on him together.