Francesco Coghetti

Francesco Coghetti (12 July 1801 – 20 April 1875) was an Italian painter and art school administrator.

Francesco Coghetti
Francesco Coghetti by Francesco Coghetti (1802-1875).jpg
Born12 July 1801
Died20 April 1875
Known forPainting


He was born to a wealthy family which enabled him to be educated at prestigious private schools. After completing his primary studies, he enrolled at the Accademia Carrara, where he studied with Giuseppe Diotti. In 1818, he won the Accademia's drawing competition.

In 1820, he moved to Milan. The following year, he won an award for drawing and design from the Brera Academy. This encouraged him to move to Rome and, thanks to his father's financial support, he was able to study with Vincenzo Camuccini. He also enjoyed the patronage of Cardinal Angelo Mai, who was a fellow Bergamaschi. In 1825, he was married. The 1830s were a very successful time for him, during which he won several awards and received a continual flow of commissions from all over Europe.

In 1844, he was offered the position of Director at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City, but declined to accept. Fourteen years later, faced with declining commissions, he accepted a position as President of the Accademia di San Luca. In the late 1860s, he became involved in politics as well as art, when preparations were being made for the Papal States to be annexed to the Kingdom of Italy. The Accademia was considered to be part of the Pope's temporal domain and was transformed into the "Royal Academy".

It was a difficult process and, because he had already come under criticism for his performance in office, he was relieved of his teaching duties in 1873 and suspended as President. Two years later, he died of apoplexy.


Apotheosis of St. Augustine, duomo of
Porto Maurizio
Portrait of Giovanni Presti, now at the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo.

Among his works are:

  • Two altar-pieces at the Accademia Carrara.
  • Several frescoes for the Palazzo Morlachi in Bergamo.
  • Frescoes in the cupola of the Bergamo Cathedral.
  • Scenes from the Life of Alexander. The Four Elements. The Triumph of Bacchus. The Battle of the Amazons; frescoes (1837–1839), now lost, for the Villa Torlonia, Rome.
  • The Assumption for a church in Porto Maurizio.
  • Ceiling frescoes of angels and prophets; Julius II lays the first stone of the St. Peter's Basilica and Sixtus IV blesses armies fighting Turks, and Christ clears moneylenders from the temple (Presbytery); (1846–1849) for the Cathedral in Savona.
  • Pope Eugene III blesses the armies of Amadeo II leaving for a crusade commissioned by Queen Maria Cristina in 1846 for the castle of Aglié.
  • Martyrdom of St. Lawrence (Sacristy) and St Stephen Martyrdom (chapel) for San Paolo fuori le Mura in 1853.




  •   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainBryan, Michael (1886). "Coghetti, Francesco". In Graves, Robert Edmund (ed.). Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). Vol. I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons.