Litho of Saint Filomena, after a painting by Luigi Crosio


Litho of Saint Filomena, after a painting by Luigi Crosio, published by Künzli Frères in Zurich. The print is 14.5 x 10.5 cm. The leaf is 25 x 17 in size. The print is in good condition.

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Luigi Crosio (1835–1915) was an Italian painter who lived and worked in Turin, Italy. He died in Turin and is recorded as having been born in Alba, but the town of Acqui Terme, a few miles south of Alba, claims Crosio was born there. He attended the Accademia Albertina di Belle Arte in Turin. His immediate work afterwards tilted towards commercial paintings, but thereafter he specialised in genre painting with romantic 18th century scenes and portraits or period characters or Pompeian scenes. He also liked the opera and depicted several scenes from popular operas. He was also listed as a lithographer and was involved in publishing books and images. He had several daughters and one of them, Carola Crosio, married the famous mathematician Giuseppe Peano (of Peano axioms fame) in 1887. In 1898 he painted the famous Refugium Peccatorum Madonna (i.e. Refuge of Sinners Madonna) which was later also called Mother Thrice Admirable Madonna, the same year that photographer Secondo Pia took the photo of the Shroud of Turin which later became known as the Holy Face of Jesus.


The brothers Anton and Josef Künzli have been active as art dealers in Zurich since the early 1880s. From 1892 they also referred to their company as an art publisher. In 1897 they bought their full range of postcards from the Kunstanstalt Müller & Trüb, Aarau, with maps of Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, and the East. The lithographs have been produced since 1890 in their own watercolors in Aarau and under the new name Gebr. Künzli or Künzli frères, production continued with Müller & Trüb.

In 1899 the brothers founded the A.-G. Postcard publisher Künzli. Their director was Carl Künzli-Tobler until 1903. The company was dissolved in 1914. In addition, they also published postcards such as Gebr. Künzli, Künzli frères, Fratelli Künzli and Künzli Brothers with different locations abroad. From 1901 to 1906 they also ran the Kunstanstalt Künzli AG in Zurich.

With the dissolution of the A.-G. Postcard publisher Künzli In 1914 the Künzli brothers ended the company with postcards. Her art publication was now limited to the reproduction of artworks. Sons and grandsons of Anton and Joseph Künzli continued the art publication until the dissolution in 1965.


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