APPIANI, ANDREA (1754-1817), the best fresco painter of his
age, was born at Milan. He was made pensioned artist to the
kingdom of Italy by Napoleon, but lost his allowance after the
events of 1814 and fell into poverty. Correggio was his model,
and his best pieces, which are in the church of Santa Maria presso
San Celso and the royal palace at Milan, almost rival those of
his great master. He also painted Napoleon and the chief
personages of his court. Among the most graceful of his oil-paintings
are his “Venus and Love,” and “Rinaldo in the
Garden of Armida.” He is known as “the elder,” to distinguish
him from his great-nephew Andrea Appiani (1817-1865), an
historical painter at Rome. Other painters of the same name
were Niccolo Appiani (fl. 1510) and Francesco Appiani (1704-1792).
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