Born in Portugal to Italian parents, Giuseppe Angelelli (1803-1844) was already a well-travelled aspiring painter by the time he moved to Florence in 1818 to attend the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1827, he traveled to Egypt on the Franco-Tuscan Expedition led by archaeologists Ippolito Rosellini and Jean-François Champollion. There, he made numerous drawings of the expedition that were later engraved and included in Rosellini’s three-volume book, I monumenti dell’Egitto e della Nubia. A skilled landscape and portrait painter, Angelelli was also commissioned by the Grand Duke of Florence to paint official portraits of the members of the expedition to Egypt.
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