Anton Sminck van Pitloo

1791 - 1837

Although Sminck van Pitloo was of Dutch origin, he spent most of his life outside the Netherlands. He studied in Paris between 1808 and 1810 under Jean-Joseph-Xavier Bidauld and Jean-Victor Bertin (1767-1842) and then left for Italy, where he was to spend the rest of his life. He is best remembered as the master of two Italian painters, Giacinto Gigante (1806-1876) and Achille Vianelli (1803-1894), with whom he founded a school of landscape painting known as the School of Posillipo in the 1820s.