Portrait of Professor Giovanni Costa by Lord Frederic Leighton

Half length portrait of the Italian artist Giovanni Costa (1826 - 1903).


Oil on canvas
48.5 x 39 cm
Art Fund grant:
£17,000 ( Total: £37,000)
Acquired in:
Private vendor

Costa was the central figure in the so-called Etruscan School of landscape painting, the principal of which was the expression of poetry and emotion. Leighton met the painter in 1853 and they developed a deep, mutual respect and friendship. Leighton did much to promote Costa's work in England. The portrait is bold and dramatic and reflects the initmacy of the relationship between the two men.


Professor Giovanni Costa; then by descent; Christie's, 1997; private collector.

Venue details

Leighton House Museum 12 Holland Park Road, LONDON London W14 8LZ 020 7602 3316 www.leightonhouse.co.uk

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