An Allegory of Sculpture, Oil on Panel, "V. Tojetti"
Oil on panel
Signed, lower left: "V. Tojetti"
In a hand-crafted frame from RG Les Cadres Gault, Paris
Tojetti, who was born in Rome, studied with his father, the painter Domenico Tojetti. He later went to Paris where he studied under Gérôme and Bouguereau. He became a much respected painter in Rome and won commissions from both Pope Gregory XVI and Pius IX.
In 1867, Tojetti went to Guatemala with his family where his father established an academy of fine arts. Then in 1870 he immigrated to America and spent much of the rest of his life living and working in San Francisco and New York City. He exhibited with the Boston Art Club, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, National Academy of Design, and the Brooklyn Art Association
He taught portraiture at the San Francisco School of Design and painted a number of murals in that city. Most of them, unfortunately, were destroyed in the great earthquake of 1906.
His work is found in a number of museum and private collections, including the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Tojetti painted murals for the New York City residence of financier Charles T. Yerkes, also for the Savoy Hotel, and Flagler College (formerly the Ponce De Leon Hotel) in St. Augustine, Florida.
FRAMED: HEIGHT: 14½ in | WIDTH: 16½ in
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 8½ in | WIDTH: 10¾ in
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