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A Venice painting by Brandeis at the Innocenti

Antonietta Brandeis

Antonietta Brandeis painted as ‘Antonio‘ as she didn’t like being praised as a ‘woman‘ painter. This was true of her work in Florence and Budapest, according to her biographer De Gubernatis, though she was known by her real name in other places where her art circulated, including Venice and London. Brandeis was a prolific Vedutisti artist who painted luminous and intricately detailed architectural scenes of Italian cities in the nineteenth century, including Verona, Rome and Turin. She was born in what was once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (now the Ukraine). In her teens, she studied in Prague under Karel Javurele before moving to Venice with her family. In Venice, she continued her artistic training at the Venetian Academy of Fine Arts. During her time at the Academy, she was repeatedly awarded prizes for her skill and diligence in multiple artistic pursuits including Art History, Drawing and Painting. She moved to Florence in 1909 and stayed until her death in 1926.

At the Innocenti

Opened in 1445, the Innocenti is the oldest public institution in Italy and Brandeis’ ‘heir’.

Portrait of a Lady

Brandeis’ 1924 portrait, painted by Laura Capella, hangs in the Innocenti’s Benefactor’s room.

A Present for the Pitti

Brandeis is thought to have frequented the Uffizi as a copy artist during her 17 years in town.


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