Andrea Appiani

Andrea Appiani (* May 23, 1754 in Milan, † November 8, 1817 ) was an Italian painter of classicism, which was called by his contemporaries, the painter of the Graces.


APPIANI was an autodidact who, developed mainly by precise studies of the flowering period of Italian wall painting, particularly of Raphael 's own style. In Milan, to find his work in almost all palaces and churches. Napoleon appointed him court painter and granted him a fixed annual salary. After his overthrow in 1815 APPIANI was virtually penniless and living selling his works, he suffered two strokes.

The outstanding works are the frescoes from the myth of Cupid and Psyche in the Royal Villa of Monza, the cupola paintings in the Church of Santa Maria di San Celso at Milan and Apollo with the Muses in the Villa Bonaparte.

Works (excerpt)

  • Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte as King of Italy, 1805, oil on canvas, 90 × 70 cm, signed and dated on pedestal left and right: " A. APPIANI FEC MDCCCV ", Military History Museum, Vienna.
  • Allegory on the Peace of Pressburg, 1808, oil on canvas, 38 × 46 cm, Pushkin Museum, Moscow
  • Portrait of Eugène de Beauharnais, 1800, pencil / watercolor, 15 x 12 cm, Museo Correr, Venice
  • Portrait of Madame Hamelin, 1798, oil on canvas, 70 × 55 cm, Musée Carnavalet, Paris


  • Portrait of Napoleon
  • Portrait of Eugène de Beauharnais
  • Portrait of Louis -Charles -Antoine Desaix
  • Napoleon I