Giuseppe Bossi nella collezione Attendolo Bolognini e il cantiere di villa Melzi a Bellagio
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The author analyzes the drawings by Giuseppe Bossi previously belonging to the collection of Count Gian Giacomo Attendolo Bolognini, now largely preserved at the Gabinetto dei Disegni of the Castello Sforzesco in Milan. After an overview of the Attendolo Bologninis’ graphic collection, the paper underlines the preference of the family towards neoclassical and romantic production, and then focuses on Bossi’s drawings. The analysis of the manuscripts compiled by Gian Giacomo made it possible to trace some of the artist’s drawings now in private collections (Incontro di Dante con Paolo e Francesca and Leonida e Cleombroto), as well as highlighting the links between the Attendolo Bolognini and other collectors of Bossi’s artworks (the heir Giuseppe Bossi jr. and the merchant Tiburzio Fumagalli). Finally, the last part of the paper focuses on two drawings traditionally attributed to Pelagio Palagi, here reassigned to Bossi and linked to Villa Melzi in Bellagio. The artworks are in fact studies for two of the four paintings depicting episodes from the life of Francesco Melzi, a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci, made by the artist between 1808 and 1813 for one of the rooms of the villa.
keywordsGiuseppe Bossi; Gian Giacomo Attendolo Bolognini; Milan, Castello Sforzesco; Bellagio, villa Melzi; drawing collections; Neoclassicism and Romanticism.
Author biographySIMONA MANIELLO: Comune di Milano, Direzione Cultura; email@example.com
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