Painters from Brescia in the Cosway Collection in Lodi
The article addresses a previously unpublished corpus of paintings, part
of the Cosway Collection in Lodi and attributed to the artist Giovanni
Renica (1808-1884) from Brescia. It consists in some small oil landscapes
and a Portrait of Father Christopher, the back of which reveals a manifold
dedication indicating 1872 as the date of acquisition of all the paintings,
a gift from the artist to Elena Solera, at the time Mother Superior of the
famous boarding school founded by Maria Hadfield Cosway in 1812.
The links between the institution and painters from Brescia were already
revealed by the group portrait in which Gabriele Rottini celebrated
Cosway’s philanthropic activity in 1834-35, depicting the woman
together with other English dames and some students during a lecture.
Another painting by Rottini in the collection is a small Portrait of a Girl,
probably Cosway’s daughter Mariannina, herself a student of the school.