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Q: Italian Artist Ferdinando Cavalleri (1794-1865) ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Italian Artist Ferdinando Cavalleri (1794-1865)
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Visual Arts
Asked by: hartport-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 22 Dec 2003 11:10 PST
Expires: 21 Jan 2004 11:10 PST
Question ID: 289519
Where can I find information on the Italian artist Ferdinando
Cavalleri and his paintings.  I believe he painted mostly portraits in
the mid 1800's and tended to sign and date his art as "Ferd Cavalleri
pinx 18--".  At least two of his portraits were on exhibit in Sept/Oct
2001 at the Museo della Accademia di Cortona, Italy.  The last auction
of one of his paintings took place in Madrid at the Fernando Duran
auction house on 22 Oct 1997 and sold for the equivlent of $6,600. It
would be helpful to have digital images of some of his work and any
information on other sales.
Subject: Re: Italian Artist Ferdinando Cavalleri (1794-1865)
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 22 Dec 2003 14:18 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Hartport-ga,

Thanks for an interesting question. 

It wasn't easy turning up information and images pertaining to
Ferdinando Cavalleri.  But as it turns out, I can do better than tell
you about Cavalleri...I can show you what he looks like.

The URL below, from a site called IdeaHobby, points to a machine
translation of a page (originally in Italian) with a self-portrait by
Ferdinando Cavalleri:

At the bottom of the page is a discussion of "the market" for
Cavalleri paintings, which typically sell for around 3,000 Euros, but
can go as high as 26,000 Euros for particular paintings of historical

I *believe* the four listings on the right side of the page are sales
information on Cavalleri's paintings, with prices given in a variety
of currencies.  I checked Christie's webpage, but could not find a
listing under Cavalleri or for the paintings' titles...I'm afraid the
sales are too far in the past to be listed on the website.

By the way, the original Italian version of the IdeaHobby page can be seen at:

Note that the IdeaHobby website has a "Contact" (Contattaci) button at
the page bottom to send them an email -- you may want to ask them if
they have any additional information on Cavalleri.


Another Cavalleri portrait in the Museo di Roma can be seen here:$&p_museo=10001&p_web=INTE

and a bit of context on the painting is offered here:


And another rather striking portrait can be seen on this cached page
from an Italian auction house:

Note the price category listed at the top of the page:  "Up to 50,000 Euros".


This appears to be most of what is available on the web regarding
images of Cavalleri's paintings, and market information about sales of
his paintings.  I hope this fully meets your needs.  But if anything
here is unclear, or requires additional explanation, just let me know
by posting a Request for Clarification, and I'll be happy to assist
you further.


search strategy:  
Google search for:
"Ferdinando Cavalleri"

Request for Answer Clarification by hartport-ga on 22 Dec 2003 18:23 PST
1.  How do I access the cashed page you sited so as to view the
Italian auction house F.C. picture?

2.  Did you try accessing the F.C. pictures which I referenced at the
Museo in Cortona?  I tried, but was unable to do so.

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 22 Dec 2003 19:26 PST
Hello again,Hartport.  You asked:

1.  How do I access the cashed page you sited so as to view the
Italian auction house F.C. picture?

--For some reason, this URL did not post as an active (i.e.
underlined, and in purple) link...but it does work.  I'll try posting
it again here, but if it isn't active, just copy the entire address,
and then paste it into your browswer's address box, and it should work
fine.  If you need a bit of help with this, just let me know in a
follow-up comment.  Here's the link again, which I've shortened just a

2.  Did you try accessing the F.C. pictures which I referenced at the
Museo in Cortona?  I tried, but was unable to do so.

I visited a great many sites while searching for F.C. (as you call
him), including the museum in Cortona.  I did see ANY indication that
his pictures were ever posted on the museum website.

You say that you tried but were unable to access them.  What do you
mean by this?  If you have any additional clues about this, or a
particular URL you would like me to explore further, let me know and
I'll have a look.

As a reminder, the process here isn't finished until you are fully
satisfied with the answer you have received.  If there is anything
further you want me to clarify or explore, just say the word, and I'm
at your service.

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 22 Dec 2003 19:32 PST
I see, once again, the URL didn't show up as an active one.  

So...just copy it, and paste it into the address box (or, if you're in
windows, press Ctrl-O and paste into the box that pops up) and it
should work just fine.

Alternatively, you can try this link:


and click on the word "cached" to get to the same site.

Request for Answer Clarification by hartport-ga on 23 Dec 2003 16:16 PST
The cashed site will not open all the way to the picture. I can get to
the right page, in English, but when asked to "click on to enlarge the
picture"  I get a blank page.

Regarding your question on the Museo Cortona site I can get access but
cannot get to their portrait inventory.  I was hopeful you would have
a better chance of getting through to view the two Cavalleri portraits
I know they have.

Thank you, hartport-ga

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 23 Dec 2003 17:11 PST
Oh, what a shame.  

The Cavalleri portrait at seems to have disappeared from
both the site and from the cache...I don't know how or why that
happened, but even some fairly deep attempts at searching have failed
to uncover a retrievable copy anywhere.

There is a smaller image of the Spontini portrait that you can see at
the Internet Archive site:

This will give you an idea of the picture, but I'm afraid the small
size makes it hard to really appreciate the overall intensity of the

I'd be glad to email Bigli to ask them if it's possible to obtain a
copy of the image they had posted until recently.  However, I suggest
it would be better for you to email them yourself, as you're in the
best position to explain to them your interest in Cavalleri.

However...if you'd like me to contact Bigli, just let me know, and
I'll be glad to make the attempt.

As for the Museo Cortona site...I have not found any on-line paintings
by Cavalleri there.  Like most museums, they probably only have a
small fraction of their collection on-line, and it looks like
Cavalleri didn't make the cut.

Let me know if you need any additional assistance.  


Request for Answer Clarification by hartport-ga on 23 Dec 2003 19:06 PST
Thank you for the Museo Cortona try.  I understand and agree with your response.

Regarding "Bigli" I would like to take you up on your kind offer to
contact them on my behalf as I cannot get their e-mail to work for me.
 You may tell them that I own what I believe is a F Cavalleri
painting, but unsigned, and would like to compare his other paintings
with mine. If you like, I can send you several digital images of my
painting so that you can forward it to them.

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 23 Dec 2003 19:18 PST
OK, it's a deal.

I'll be glad to contact Bigli, and if they ask to see a copy of your
painting, we can figure a way to get digital copies of your image at
that point.

Bear in mind the time of year, though.  If they don't respond to my
email immediately, it may well be the new year before I hear back from
them.  I'll email them right now, and keep you up to date on any
responses as soon as I hear from them.

Keep your fingers crossed.  


P.S.  By the way, how does the Cavalleri self-portrait compare in
style to your painting?  Is it encouraging?

Request for Answer Clarification by hartport-ga on 24 Dec 2003 10:02 PST
Responding to your question:  My painting compares extremely well with
the  two paintings in Corona (subject,technique, color, age,
background, style, dress, size etc).  Those paintings I personally
viewed on a trip to Italy in 2001.  My painting also compares well
with the self portrait in that both have a Mona Lisa smile, rare for
portraits of the period. In fact my picture could also be a self
portrait of FC if you add maybe 20 years and considerable affluence. 
The painting of the Cardinal, as you know, is in black and white and
therefore difficult to make a comparison.  Moreover, I believe the
Cardinal, because of his station, positioned and postured himself for
that painting, not the artist.
Thank you for your interest, hartport-ga

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 24 Dec 2003 11:18 PST
Hello again,

I got a very fast, very nice response from a fellow at Bigli who
sounds like a bit of an authority on Cavalleri.  My suggestion at this
point would be for you to contact him directly so the two of you can
swap images, information, etc.(and if you do, I would email him back
letting him know to expect to hear from you directly).

Here is the note he sent:


My office is closed for the holliday's, but when I'm back at the 7th
I'll see if I can dig up an old file from the main computer, otherwise
I have very good prints that I can send you then. I withdrew the
painting when I began to doubt that the sitter is indeed Spontini. The
picture has been published in the meantime as a Spontini portrait by
Cavalleri in a roman exhib. cat. on 19th c. painting in Rome,
published by Electa, but I believe solely on the strenghth that I had
it on the site as Spontini. The painting was sold as such by Sotheby's
N.Y. some years ago. When I worked myself into the Spontini
iconography I became convinced that this is not the sitter for various
So I'll see what I can do next year. Best wishes, 

Roeland Kollewijn
Bigli Art Broker


I contacted Bigli initally at this email address:

but the return address on the note I received is:

Let me know if you plan to contact Mr. Kollewijn directly, and if so,
I'll drop him a note letting him know he'll be hearing from you


Request for Answer Clarification by hartport-ga on 24 Dec 2003 14:27 PST
Hellow pafalafa-ga,

Thank you, that is really good news.  I already have the digital
images of my painting in the computer and will email Mr. Kollewijn
directly right after Christmas.  Thanks again for all your help and if
you would like a copy of what I send him please tell me how to email
you or how to get a picture on our Google site.

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 24 Dec 2003 16:03 PST
Excellent!  I'm glad I was able to open a door, here, and I hope it
turns out to be a fruitful one.  I've e-mailed Bigli to let them know
they can expect to hear from you...Mr. Kollewijn expects to be back in
the office on January 7th.

If you need any additional information from me, just let me know.
Otherwise, feel free to rate this answer if the spirit moves you, or
to simply sit back and enjoy the holidays.

A happy and prosperous new year to you.  


Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 07 Jan 2004 07:01 PST
Hello Hartport-ga, and a very happy new year to you.

I just got an email from Mr. Kollewijn, letting me know he's back at
the office, and has a Cavalleri phot ready to put in the mail.

If you haven't contacted him yet, now's the time.


P.S. If you have already contacted Kollewijn, he may not realize that
you and I are esentially the same query, even though I alerted him to
this in my last email to Bigli.

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 03 Dec 2006 07:55 PST
By the way, I came across this list of Major Art Movements and Styles
in the History of Art, and I thought you might be interested in it:

History of Art
Major Movements and Styles

Abstract Expressionism 
Academic Art 
American Colonial  
American Regionalism 
American Scene 
Anglo Saxon
Apropriation Art
Art B+A103rut
Art Deco
Art Noveau
Art Populaire
Arte Povera
Arts and Crafts Movement
Ashcan School
Belle Epoque
Blaue Reiter 
Body Art
Boston School
British Colonial
Byzantine Art 
Camden Town Group 
Canadian Group Of Seven 
Charles II  
Charles X
Concept / Conceptual Art
Concrete Art
Contemporary Realism 
Craftsman Style
Cubist Realism  
De Stijl
Der Blaue Reiter 
Die Brücke
Die Neue Sachlichkeit 
Doric Revival
Early Christian
Early Renaissance 
Early Renaissance  
Ecole Francaise
En Plein Air
Expressive Realism  
Fantastic Realism  
Far Eastern
Federal: Shaker
Figurative Abstaction  
Figurative Art  
Folk Art
Geometric Abstraction  
George I  
George II  
George III  
George IV
Germ.Express.,Blauer Reiter  
German Romanesque Revival
Golden Age of Illustration 
Gothic Art 
Group Of Seven 
Hard Edge
Harlem Renaissance 
High Renaissance 
Hudson River School 
Japanese Ukiyo-e 
Land Art
Les Nabis 
Livres D'Artistes 
Louis XIII  
Louis XIV  
Louis XVI
Magic Realism  
Mexican Muralist
Naïve Art
Native American
Neue Geo
Neue Sachlichkeit
New Bedford
New Figuration
New Image Painting
New Tendences/90th
New York School
Northern Renaissance
Nouveau Realism  
Old Masters
Op Art 
Outsider Art
Paris School
Pop Art 
Post War/modern
Post-war American
Pre Raphaelite
Pre-raphaelite Brotherhood 
Queen Anne
Regency, Empire
Renaissance, Early 
Renaissance, High 
Renaissance, Northern 
Russian Avantgarde
Sensation Show 
Social Realism
Stieglitz Group
Victorian Classicism 
Willem Iv
Young & Wild (junge Wilde)
hartport-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $30.00
What a great experience all the way around.
A spell checker and a way to include digital photos would be helpful.

Subject: Re: Italian Artist Ferdinando Cavalleri (1794-1865)
From: pafalafa-ga on 24 Dec 2003 17:20 PST
Thanks so much for the kind and generous feedback.  Please let us know
how things turn can always post a comment later on when
you've heard back from Bigli.

All the best...


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