Roberto Lupetti (Italian 1918 - 1997) was born in Milan, Italy, and studied at the Royal Academy in Rome and was apprenticed to the school of restoration at the Vatican. He earned five degrees from the Italian Royal Academy of Fine Arts, was a team member for the refurbishment of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel. After World War II he emigrated to the Unted States. His reputation preceded him, especially for his Renaissance art and large murals, although his portraits, especially of Rabbis and observant Jews, were painted with such feeling and expression that they rapidly became much higher in price than other artwork. When he moved to San Francisco he taught at the Art Institute. He was soon in demand for decorating churches throughout the U.S. He also painted portraits of such celebrities as Ingrid Bergman, Barbara Stanwyck, and General George Marshall. He made his home in Carmel, CA from 1975 until his demise on March 8, 1998.
I fell in love with this painting many years ago. I simply had to have one of his portraits, and this was, in my opinion, one of the very best. I have enjoyed it for more than 25 years.
Have just done brief research, and found only a few original paintings. They were priced from $5,000.00 to almost $13,000.00. Since his death,
we see fewer and fewer of his portraits offered.
This is the "best of the best" in my opinion, certainly better that the few I have seen. A prize to be treasured, and to hand down to future generations.
Artist: Roberto Lupetti (Italian 1918 - 1997)
Medium: Oil on Canvas.
Size: 24 by 19 1/2 inches (sight) - Framed 31 1/2 by 27 3/4 inches.
Signed: Lower Right. Also has his signature and fingerprint on small paper on back.
Condition: Painting is in Very Good Condition. The mat and frame are also in Very Good Conditon.
Condition: The painting is in Very Good Vintage Condition. The mat and frame is quite appropriate, enhancing the work without overwhelming it.