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Pietro Pezzati File:PeterPezzati.jpg Pietro Pezzati Birth name Peter S. Pezzati Born September 18, 1902(1902-09-18) Died February 19, 1993(1993-02-19) (aged 90) Nationality American Field Painting Training Child-Walker School of Arts and Crafts Peter S. Pezzati aka Pietro Pezzati (September 18, 1902 - February 19, 1993) was an American portrait painter who was located in the Boston area.[1] His art was rooted in the Renaissance tradition. His artwork included landscapes, pen and ink drawings, watercolors, pastel and oil portraits.[2] Contents 1 Early life 2 Art career 3 Later life 4 References 5 References 6 External links // Early life He was born Peter S. Pezzati to Italian immigrant parents, Sisto and Cesarina Opizzi Pezzati, in Roxbury, Massachusetts.[2] Pezzati graduated from Boston College High School in 1917 where he studied both Latin and Greek. He was to eventually master six languages. He then won a scholarship to the Child-Walker School of Arts and Crafts in Boston; there he studied under American painter Charles Hopkinson, who took him on as an assistant. In the mid-1920s he taught art at the Child-Walker School for two years, then went on a six-month traveling and painting tour of Europe, especially France and Italy, arriving back in Boston just in time to attend his sister Josephine's wedding on February 19, 1928, where he was the best man of Bruno Ferroli. He continued to apprentice under Hopkinson, and worked at Hopkinson's Fenway studio.[2] Art career File:PezzatiVermillionCliffs.jpg VermillionCliffs, Arizona (watercolor) 1980 This file is a candidate for speedy deletion. It may be deleted after Saturday, December 18, 2010. Pietro Pezzati at work in his studio in 1971 Pezzati painted many eminent Bostonians and Americans such as Ralph Lowell[2] , William L. Kenly, Willard Van Orman Quine,[3] and Austin Warren.[4] His paintings are hanging in institutions across the United States, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Symphony Hall, The Massachusetts Historical Society, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston[2] , Harvard University[2] , and the Smithsonian Institution[2] , which holds a collection of some of his papers and for which he was recorded as part of their oral history program. His portraits have also been exhibited at the Margaret Brown and Vose Galleries in Boston, at the Corcoran Biennial in Washington, D.C. at various times from 1930 to 1939, the Pennsylvania Academy Exhibition, the 1939 World's Fair, Yale University Art Gallery[5] and the National Galleries in Washington. Later life Pezzati married Mary E. Palmer of Boston in about 1942.[6] They had two children, Pamela born in 1944[7] and Peter. He was interviewed by the Smithsonian on July 15, 1971 as part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program.[8] He was a member of the Dante Society of America.[9] On February 19, 1993 Pezzati died, at the age of ninety, of cerebral vascular disease in Westwood, Massachusetts[2] , where he had retired with his second wife, Dr. Madeleine Field Crawford after having lived in Needham, Massachusetts for over twenty years.[2] His granddaughter Jennifer Raskin is a television producer and filmmaker.[10] References ^ Pietro Pezzati Biography, Askart.com ^ a b c d e f g h i Pietro Pezzati Biography, Askart.com ^ The Time of My Life: An Autobiography, Willard Quine, page 346 ^ Becoming What One Is, Austin Warren, page 146 ^ Askart.com ^ The Descendants of Frederick Shawhan (1760-1840), by Ronald T. Shawhan, page 337. ^ The Descendants of Frederick Shawhan (1760-1840), by Ronald T. Shawhan, page 337. ^ Smithsonian Archives of American Art ^ Report, with Accompanying Papers By Dante Society of America, Vol. 1966 ^ Jenny Raskin bio; Internet Movie Database References The Artists Bluebook: 34,000 North American Artists to March 2005, Lonnie Pierson Dunbier, 2005, page 479. [1] Sisto Alfonso Pezzati: His Descendants, by Eric Bruno Borgman, 1992. Who's Who in American Art, Jacques Cattell Press, 1986, page 1292. Index of Artists, Daniel Trowbridge Mallett, 1948, page 811. External links Listing at AskArt Listing at Find A Grave Example of a Pezzati portrait "Marion in Blue" from 1933. Persondata Name Pezzati, Pietro Alternative names Short description Date of birth September 18, 1902 Place of birth Date of death February 19, 1993 Place of death