By Anne Leader

Felice Giani was born on 17 December 1758 in San Sebastiano Curone, Italy. Giani was a prolific artist and proponent of Neoclassicism. He worked in Rome, Venice, Emiglia Romgana, and France. Giani primarily worked in tempera on plaster, which produced rich color effects and resembled colored drawings. Towards the end of his career (he died in 1823), Giani designed a monument to honor neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova (d. 1822) that was never realized.

Reference: Phyllis Dearborn Massar. “Giani, Felice.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press,

Allegory on the Life of Canova, ca. 1822-3, pen and brown ink, and watercolor over black chalk, Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 92.GG.17

The Marriage of Poseidon and Amphitrite, 1802-05, tempera mural, Palazzo Milzetti, Faenza

The Three Fates, n.d., pen and brown ink and brush and brown wash, over traces of graphite, heightened with white gouache on buff laid paper, Art Institute of Chicago, bequest of Inge Maser, 2008.237

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