Carla Francetti widow of Frova (1839 -1909) appointed heir of her property the Ophthalmic Institute, providing a legacy of 50,000 lire in favour of the Ospedale Maggiore. The execution of the portrait is entrusted to Ambrogio Alciati who, using a photograph as a model, depicts the benefactor in old age, dressed in a large black dress that alludes to her widowhood. This is the first of the four portraits that the artist performs for the Quadreria Ospedaliera.


  • Title: Portrait of Carla Francetti Frova
  • Creator: Ambrogio Alciati
  • Creator Lifespan: 1878/1929
  • Date Created: 1910
  • Location Created: Milano
  • Physical Dimensions: h 130 x w 100 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: oil
  • Art Genre: Portrait
  • Support: canvas
  • Inv.: Ritratti 000385

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