Life and Times
* Pietro Annigoni born on June 7, 1910 in Milan, Italy.
* As a child he shows early promise in drawing. His father said, "You will become a great artist."
* 1925 - Family moves to Florence.
* 1927 - Enrols in the Accademia de Bella Arti.
* Annigoni's first love was art. In those days he was a "young man mad about drawing."
* 1932 - First one man show of paintings and drawings at the Palazzo Ferroni, Florence
* 1934 - Sold out show in Galleria Botti - portraits of prominent Florentines.
* 1937 - Starts first major fresco - Convent of San Marco, Florence - "Desent from the Cross" and "Death of Abel."
* Travels extensively throughout Italy and Europe.
* 1945 - Commissioned by the British Fine Arts Office to sketch the destruction of Florence.
* 1949 - Exhibits numerous self portaits in London at the Royal Academy where his work causes a stir among artists and art lovers.
* Mid 50's - Starts commissions from notable society figures: Lord Moran; Juliana Forbes; The Duchess of Devonshire.
* 1956 - Commissioned to paint what became Annigoni's most famous portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
* Receives an enormous amount of publicity worldwide. The portrait and Annigoni achieve tremendous fame.
* The portrait exploited on commonwealth currency and postage stamps around the world.
* Annigoni becomes world famous. He travels around the world.
* Paints the rich and famous - Margot Fonteyn; Princess Elena Corsini; Princess Margaret; Prince Philip; The Queen Mother; The Maharanee of Jaipur; John F. Kennedy; Pope John XXIII. etc.
* He uses his new found wealth to pursue his first love frescoes. He paints monumental religious narratives at:
* Annigoni's work hangs in:
* Annigoni dies in Florence in 1988.
* 1992 Annigoni is given a state funeral and is interned to his final resting place in San Miniato overlooking his beloved Florence.
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