Luigi Premazzi

Born: 1814, Milan
Died: 1891, Constantinople
Italian Rossica

Italian painter, draughtsman, teacher. Born in Milan (1814). Studied under Giovanni Migliara at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, where he won a prize for perspective painting (1834). Painted vedute (mid-1830s) and views of the interiors and exteriors of famous buildings in Milan (1838–45). Moved to St Petersburg (1845) and taught drawing at the house of Prince Sergei Gagarin (1848). Commissioned by the Russian navy to paint views in the Crimea and Nikolaev for an album celebrating the silver jubilee of Tsar Nicholas I (1850). Painted a series of watercolours depicting Kronstadt naval base (1851) and the interiors of such imperial residences as the Own Dacha (1854), Mikhailovsky Palace (1856), New Hermitage (1850s–60s), Winter Palace (1860s–70s), Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo (1870–78), Anichkov Palace (1871) and Gatchina Palace (1872–73). Academician (1854), professor of perspective watercolour painting (1861). Visited Finland, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and Turkey (from 1854). Taught watercolour painting at the Pauline Institute for Women (1865–67), costume painting at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1871–81) and watercolour and decorative painting at the Baron Stieglitz Central School of Technical Drawing (1887–90). Worked at the court of Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolaevich in the Caucasus (1874–77). Founding member of the Society of Russian Watercolourists (1880). Died in Constantinople and buried at the Vyborg Roman Catholic Cemetery in St Petersburg (1891). Contributed to the exhibitions of the Society for the Encouragement of Artists, Society of Russian Watercolourists and international exhibitions in London, Milan, Venice, Paris and Constantinople.

Died in St Petersburg and buried in the Church of the Visitation at the Vyborg Roman Catholic Cemetery

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