Virgilio Guidi

Apr 4, 1891 - Jan 7, 1984

Virgilio Guidi was an Italian artist and writer.
He was born in Rome into an artistic family. His father was a sculptor. Guidi received his early training at the Scuola Libera di Pittura in Rome and in 1908 began working as a restorer and decorator. He continued his studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, where he was influenced by Armando Spadini. He had few opportunities to view contemporary French art, and instead immersed himself in the study of artists of the Italian Renaissance such as Giotto, Piero della Francesca, and Correggio, and later masters such as Caravaggio. In 1913 he studied the work of Cézanne. In 1915 he participated in the third exhibition of the Rome Secession.
During the decade after the war, Guidi painted modern subject matter in a tonality influenced by the Venetians, and gave his figures a timeless appearance by simplifying details of clothing and emphasizing volumes. His painting The Visit, which he exhibited in the Venice Biennale of 1922, is one of his many depictions of two women meeting.
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