Death of Mario di Giampaolo


17/8/08 — Obituary — On Thursday 31 July Mario di Giampaolo, one of the foremost specialists of 16th century Italian drawing, notably the Lombard and Emilian schools, passed away at the age of 67.

He was a connoissor, in the manner of Philippe Pouncey and Walter Witzhum, inscribing countless attributions on the drawing cabinets of museums throughout Europe and the United States. He published extensively later in his career, notably a remarkable monograph on Girolamo Mazzola Bedoli (Cantini, 1997) and many articles in journals, colloquia, volumes of Melanges and exhibition catalogues. His books on Corregio’s painting are also well known, especially those on his drawings (Allemandi, 1990), as well as the ones on Parmigiano and on the Italian frescoes at the Escorial (Electa, 1993 and Nerea Editorial, 1995). Along with Sylvie Beguin and Philippe Malgouyres, he had directed the publication of the drawings from the Puech donation to the museum in Avignon in 1998 (RMN and Paparo Edizioni). He also participated in small scholarly exhibitions and in the publications of the Lungarotti Foundation in Torgiano. When he died, he was in the process of preparing a book on Pietro Faccini. With close ties to the art market, he advised many dealers and was notably one of the specialists at the Salon du Dessin in Paris.

Mario di Giampaolo was buried at the Cimitero degli Allori in Florence, not far from the resting place of John Pope-Hennessy and Roberto Longhi. He left his photography collection to the Villa I Tatti whereas his library will go to the Kunsthistorisches Institute in Florence.

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Didier Rykner, dimanche 17 août 2008



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