* 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:
Cathedral of San Antonio in Padua
San Michele Arcangelo in Ponte Buggianese
San Marco in Florence
San Martino in Castagno.
* Annigoni’s work hangs in:
The Vatican, Rome
The Uffizi Gallery, Florence
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The National Portrait Gallery, London.
* 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.