Achille Leonardi - ArtistAchille Leonardi - Artist

Overview

Little appears to be known about Achille Leonardi himself although his paintings can be found in collections around the world.  Achille lived in Rome in the period between 1800 and 1870.
Owners of some of the paintings shown here have provided background on how the paintings came into their hands. Some came from deceased estates and others were sold because the original owners suffered financial failures. However, the present owners all express their love of their paintings and have in many cases had the works restored at substantial costs. Many of the works now hang in countries as distributed as Argentina, Australia,  Mexico, New Zealand, Netherlands and Unites States.  You can always find records of their sale at worldwide auctions.

Where Achille Leonardi lived in Rome

Achille always lived near the arti district of Rome.  Two addresses were prominent.
 
 Via del Babuino 66
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 Via del Quattro Fontane 17
 
Number 17, on the right, no longer exists. A new building was erected there in 1936. The old residence was located on property within the Babarini Palace.

Linda di Chamonnid (Chamounix)

Achille Leonardi - Linda di Chamonnid
19th Century Italian oil on canvas. Size 100 x 75 cm (39 1/4" x 29 1/2").
This painting has been in private ownership of the same family since the early 1920's when it was purchased in Germany.
A larger (˜150%) version of this painting (without signature) can be found in the lobby of the Sheraton Towers Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The scene is Carlos and Linda in the Chamounix Valley with Mont Blanc in the background.

In 1842 Gaetano Donizetti composed a Melodramma semiserio in three acts called "Linda di Chamounix". In the opera the family farm is in Haute Savoie located in a valley in Ambo.

 Name and signature also on back of canvas.