Wednesday, 12 January 2011
QUINTO CENNI THE MAN WHO DREW UNIFORMS
Born in Imola 20 March 1845, he had an innate passion for drawing portraying military figurines found on dusty roads of the country, at first papal soldiers and Austrians, then those from Piedmont.
His spirit of observation captured each distinctive element of the currency viewed and when he saw them he would describe them personally in fine detail and then draw them.
The untimely death of his father, seemed to stop his education at the Academy of fine arts of Bologna.
To his aid came a municipal allowance then nothing more until 1867. After the death of his mother, who remained his only supporter he decided to move to Milan.
Here he obtained various positions of Illustrator for magazines, continuing in the portraits of men and events. Since 1887 he became Director of "the Italian Illustration" getting in Italy and abroad, large success.
His son Italo followed in his footsteps but with less success. Quinto died in 1917 in Carate Brianza.
The artistic production is today kept on view in public institutions and in part in numerous private collections worldwide. At the National Museum of Castel s. Angelo in Rome are kept 288 watercolors, of which 245 were donated by the Chairman of Mussolini and 50 from the heirs of Quinto.
landing party of the italian navy 1875
At the Museum of the Risorgimento 133 watercolors are kept on volunteers of the Risorgimento. Other minor groups are located at the Pinacoteca civica of Imola.
The Office of the Historian of the army has, in addition to the artist's private archive (300 works) a collection of 2,500 sheets divided into different volumes, where Quinto and son have collected notes and drawings on uniforms, weapons and armies from around the world and all periods. Recently, 50 watercolours of Quinto overviewing the Duchy of Parma at the time of Maria Luigia, of which were not known to exist, appeared on display at the Museum of New York.