Umberto Giunti (1886 – 1970) was an art restorer and copyist who taught at the Institute of Fine Arts, Siena. A skilled painter, Giunti (a protégé of the art forger, Icilio Frederico Joni) was responsible for the execution of a number of paintings that eventually made their way into the collections of various museums.
Employing stylistic effects, subjects and compositions that were popular during the Mediaeval and Renaissance periods, Giunti’s pastiches have become collectable items in their own right.
References: Jehane Ragai, The Scientist and the Forger: Probing a Turbulent Art World, New Jersey, World Scientific Publishing, 2017.
Images: Photograph of Umberto Giunti. © Cultor.org.
Portrait Group, early 20th century, oil and tempera on wood, The National Gallery, London. © The National Gallery.
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