Giuseppe Bossi

Giuseppe Bossi ( born August 11, 1777 in Busto Arsizio, Lombardy, † December 15, 1815 in Milan ) was an Italian painter, etcher and scholar.

Life and work

He studied from 1795 in Rome. In 1802 he was appointed after the death of Carlo Bianconi ( 1732-1802 ) Secretary of the Milan Academy of Fine Arts. However, that body he lay down again in 1807 to devote himself to teaching at his theoretical school of painting. He devoted much of his life to the study of Leonardo da Vinci and Dante. Giuseppe Bossi died on 15 December 1815 in Milan.

He was commissioned by the viceroy Eugène de Beauharnais (1781-1824), the Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci transmitted by Rafaelli in mosaic (now in the Vienna Minoritenkirche ). However, Bossi was a good draftsman, frosty in color hand signals.

As a scholar Giuseppe Bossi is by his splendid work " Del cenacolo di Leonardo da Vinci " ( German: " The Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci " ) and its involvement in the edition of Vasari's " Vite de ' più eccellenti, pittori, Scultori e architetti " ( German: " lives of the most eminent painters, sculptors and architects " ) comes to reputation.

Bossi made ​​numerous art forgeries. The German art historian Hans East wrote to him to the creation of the so-called " self Bildnises of Leonardo da Vinci".


As an author:

  • Discorso sulla politica delle arti del disegno utilità. Milan 1805
  • Del cenacolo di Leonardo da Vinci. Milan in 1810, digitized, Italian, accessed on February 28, 2014

As editor:

  • Giorgio Vasari: Vite de ' più eccellenti pittori, Scultori e architetti. Milan 1807