Friday, November 1, 2013
Louisiana paintings by Italian-born Anthony Meucci (flourished in America, 1818-1827)
A painter known for portrait miniatures, teaching drawing, painting opera scenery, & restoring art, Anthony Meucci was active in New Orleans from 1818 to 1827, with visits to Charleston, South Carolina in 1822; New York City 1823; & Salem, Massachusetts in 1825. In 1818, he established a studio on St. Ann Street in New Orleans between Dauphine & Bourbon, & by 1826 was working out of a studio at the corner of St. Peter & Royal Streets.
He sailed to the United States from Rome. Among his commissions for scenery painting was the New Orleans Theatre. He was married to artist Nina Meucci, & the couple moved to Havana, Cuba in 1827, & then to the northern coast of South America. Among his portrait subjects from the period was Simon Bolivar, whom he met in Cartegena, Columbia. He also did portraits of the Marquis de Lafayette & George Washington.