Amanzia Guérillot

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Portrait of Amanzia Guérillot in her studio (1847/1848),
by Angelo Inganni.
Piazza del Duomo in Milan (c.1850)

Amanzia Ammirata Guérillot (20 April 1828, Milan - 1 December 1905, Boffalora sopra Ticino) was an Italian painter of French parentage; known primarily for vedute and still-lifes. Many of her works were mistakenly attributed to her first husband, Angelo Inganni.


She was born to a French emigrant family and received her first drawing lessons from her father, Nicolas, who had served as an accounting officer in the French army. In 1845, the painter Angelo Inganni became her mentor and she often served as his model. He also taught her the rudiments of oil painting, in exchange for French lessons for his niece.[1]

Two years later, she had her first exhibition at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, presenting two vedute (the Palazzo di Giustizia in Milan and an area near Brescia known as the "Taglietto") as well as a waterscape of a steamboat on Lake Como.

She exhibited widely over the next few years, expanding her repertoire to animals, still lifes and portraits. From 1853 to 1855, she created fourteen Stations of the Cross for the parish church in Gussago.

In 1856, she married Inganni, twenty-one years her senior, whose wife had died three years earlier. After the honeymoon, they settled near Gussago and often worked as a team, until his death in 1880.[2] In addition to their canvases they painted wooden soldiers, door panels, and decorations for mirrors, boxes and screens.

In 1887, she remarried. Her new husband was Lodovico Antoniani, a local magistrate. Shortly after, they moved to Padua and she appears to have given up painting. When she was widowed again, she returned to Lombardy to live with Inganni's niece.


Further reading[edit]

  • Rachele Farina: Guérillot, Amanzia Ammirata In: Dizionario biografico delle donne lombarde Baldini & Gastoldi, 1995, ISBN 88-8089-085-9

External links[edit]

Media related to Amanzia Guérillot at Wikimedia Commons