Luigi Mantovani: sensitivity between views and landscapes

Luigi Mantovani is an artist who is not inclined to link himself to trends or groups, a personality of great coherence and stylistic continuity, appreciated above all for his landscape and urban views with an unmistakable character and profound sensitivity.

Born in Milan in 1880, he was encouraged to paint by his father Giuseppe and in 1896 he joined Accademia di Brera in Milan, attending courses related to Figure and Nude. He started to attend to local exhibitions with the IV Triennial Exhibition of Brera in 1900, an event that marked the beginning of his career.

Assiduous attendee of the Ambrosian cultural cenacles, he is one of the animators of the Meneghina family and he received a gold medal for the exhibition dedicated to the Lombard landscape, deserved with the work "Corso Vittorio Emanuele".

In 1930 the Micheli Gallery in via Brera dedicated him a monographic exhibition, which included numerous Roman views, glimpses of the Tiber, Piazza Navona, Palazzo Farnese, a production resulting from short trips in Rome, which he alternated with visits to Venice. Mantovani was inspired also and enchanted by the Alpine views.

Luigi Mantovani died in Milan in 1957. His paintings appear in the most representative public collections in Milan such as: the Civic Collections of Art, the Chamber of Commerce, the collection of the Province in Palazzo Isimbardi, the Picture Gallery of the Maggiore Hospital. A retrospective homage was dedicated to him by the Society for Fine Arts and Permanent Exhibition of Milan in 1988.

One of the volumes in the Studiolo Fine Art Gallery series is dedicated to the artist, "Echoes from the Twentieth Century 2, LUIGI MANTOVANI" - Catalogue of the exhibition by N. Colombo and G. Cribiori - Paperback, 27x23 cm, 72 colour pages.