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 Arnaldo Casella Jr Tamburini  (1885 - 1936)



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Lived/Active: California/Illinois / Italy      Known for: landscape, western

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BIOGRAPHY for Arnaldo Tamburini
1885 (Italy)
1936 (Chicago, Illinois)

California/Illinois / Italy

Self portrait - Self-portrait

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landscape, western

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Born in Florence, Italy in 1885 of noble birth. At age 15 Count Tamburini won a national art contest. Victor Emmanuel III, King of Italy, commissioned him to do his portrait. Thus, the young artist followed in his father's footsteps as court painter to the Italian throne. In 1901 the talented Florentine set out for Canada to paint Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Prime Minister of Canada, and the following year he was at St Patrick's Cathedral painting the Archbishop of New York. He continued painting some of world's most illustrious people of his time including Czar Nicholas II and his family, Queen Marie of Roumania, Will Rogers, and many others. After his marriage in 1914 to miniature painter Dolores Dolja Dunifer, the young couple resided in New York and made many trips to Italy. Leaving Los Angeles in 1920, he went to Havana, Cuba where he painted Enrico Caruso and in 1923 he painted Pope Pius X in the Sistine Chapel. In 1929, returning from Australia and Hawaii, he settled in Pasadena which reminded him of his native Italy. While passing through Chicago, Tamburini plunged to his death from a second-story balcony on Sept. 12, 1936. As well as portraits, he painted allegorical compositions and landscapes. Exh: Gump's (SF), 1900; Vose Gallery (Boston), 1926; Ebell Club (LA), 1930; Ebell Salon (LA), 1931; Desert Inn (Palm Springs), 1934; Boston State House, 1966 (retrospective). In: Uffizi Gallery (Florence).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; Los Angeles Times, 7-6-1919 & 9-13-1936 (obituary).
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