Giovanni Boldini's Ritratto Diego Martelli
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Ritratto Diego Martelli
(Portrait of Diego Martelli)
c. 1865
Firenze, Galleria d'arte moderna di Palazzo Pitti
jpg: Gabriella Alü 

Diego Martelli was one of the leading and influential art critic in Florence -- a defender of the Macchiaioli and the impressionists and became close friends with artists who displayed the  qualities most admired in Degas. 

Edgar Degas
French Realist/Impressionist Painter and Sculptor

Portrait of Diego Martelli

Martelli  was an extraordinary figure and is one of the key intellectual players in late 19th century Italian art, writing on topics of Art as well as Social and Political issues. Though not a overly wealthy man, he helped the artists he cared about as much as he could and at the time of his death had amassed an amazing collection from the artists of the Macchiaioli.

Special thanks to Gabriella Alü, of Palermo     Italy, a friend of the JSS Gallery, for sending me the image and information. 


By:  Natasha Wallace
Copyright 1998-2003 all rights reserved
Created 10/30/2003
Updated 11/17/2003