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Camillo Innocenti Watercolor on paper

The glorious past

Camillo Innocenti (Rome 1871-1961) Watercolor on paper.

Period 1926Height 16 ¹⁷/₃₂ inWidth 7 ³/₃₂ in Categories ,


The back reports  title, signature, inscription and date. The work is dated on the back September 16, 1926

Title: The glorious past, the victorious king, the construction of the temple, the sphinx.

The back also reports that the work was given by the artist as a wedding gift in 1955.

The watercolor on paper can be placein the period that Camillo Innocenti lived in Egypt. In 1923 he set up a solo exhibition at the Italian Circle in Alexandria, Egypt. He exhibited at the 2nd Roman Biennale-International Exhibition of Fine Arts where he presented thirteen works inspired by the African journey. In 1925, Innocenti participated in a competition announced by the Egyptian Ministry of Education for a position as director of the established Cairo School of Fine Arts. Having won, Camillo Innocenti moved to Egypt. He worked for the establishment of the Academy, which took place in 1928 and of which he held the directorship until 1937. In addition to directing, Innocenti's duties in the royal service were manifold: he was a teacher of painting in the School, and enjoying the personal friendship of King Fuad, he executed eleven portraits of the ruler, others of his son, the queen and court notables, made preparatory drawings for carpets, and executed copies of miniatures from Persian manuscripts in the Kedivian Library. He received distinguished personages on visits to Egypt and made paintings for Queen Nesla, accompanying her to museums and exhibitions. He painted a lot during those years, trying his hand at scenes of Egyptian folk life, landscapes, royal troops on camels, horses, ornamental objects, carpets and vases.

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Technical Details

Materials paperTecnica watercolorPeriod 1926Creatore Camillo InnocentiOrigin Private collectionConditions good vintage
Height 16 ¹⁷/₃₂ inWidth 7 ³/₃₂ in

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