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 Luca Sacco  (1858 - 1912)

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Lived/Active: Italy      Known for: portrait, genre, historical, religion

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Please note: Artists not classified as American in our database may have limited biographical data compared to the extensive information about American artists.

The following is from Phyllis G. Roche of Oceanside, CA : She wrote the following to the Frick Museum:

Artist b.1858 d.1912 - listed in "Artist Bluebook" -"Index to Artistic
Biography" by Patricia Havlice. Christies & Sothebys have had his work for auction. I have a family heirloom oil by this artist and have no intention to sell. I would like to know where he was born and any other interesting info. I would appreciate any advice on how to search in Italy, since the Havlice book refers to a bio by an Italian writer. Thank you in advance for reading my letter and any response.

Phyllis Roche received the following response:

Dear Ms. Roche,

Comanducci was the author of a biographical dictionary of Italian artists, I
pittori italiani dell'Ottocento: dizionario critico e documentario (Milan,
1934), which has a brief entry on Luca Sacco. According to this source,
Sacco was born in Sanremo in 1858, moving to Genoa when very young, where he studied at the Academy. There he won a competition for a work intended for a church in Philadelphia ("Cristo in Croce con ai piedi le Pie Donne"). He
painted mostly portraits, as well as some genre and historical pictures and
religious frescos. From 1882 to 1892 he displayed regularly at the Genoa
Promotrice. Other known works include a fresco for the the parish church in
Bolzaneto (Genoa), and a portrait of Umberto I now in the Palazzo del
Comune, Sanremo. He died in Brooklyn, NY, in 1912.

I regret to say that I have not found another source that describes his life
and work better than Comanducci. In addition to Christie's and Sotheby's, I
have found references to several other paintings by him that have sold at
public auction from 1984 to 1995. I can send you printouts of those
listings, as well as a photocopy of the Comanducci entry, if you would like
them, with our compliments.

James Mitchell
Assistant Reference Librarian
Frick Art Reference Library
10 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021

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