b. 1866
- d. 1944
  • Brazil
Turnover 2023
Record Sale
$USD 262.741

Eliseu Visconti, scion of the renowned Visconti family, arrived in Brazil during the mid-1870s, leaving an indelible mark on the nation’s artistic landscape. Following studies both in Rio de Janeiro and Paris, Visconti’s oeuvre bore the unmistakable imprint of Italian Renaissance and Symbolism, evident in his multifaceted creations spanning ironwork, ceramics, marquetry, stained glass, and textile prints.

His artistic legacy extends beyond mere craftsmanship, gracing iconic landmarks such as the National Library and the Municipal Theater in Rio de Janeiro with his ornamental finesse, seamlessly melding Symbolism with the evanescent palette of Impressionism.

The 1920s witnessed Visconti’s foray into landscape painting, where his canvases, suffused with delicate hues and luminescent light, earned him plaudits as a pioneer in the Brazilian art scene. Notable commissions, notably his embellishments for the Municipal Theater, further underscored his artistic acumen, earning accolades including a Silver Medal bestowed by Emperor Dom Pedro II.

Among his magnum opuses, “The Nine Muses receive the Sound Waves,” completed in 1936, stands as a testament to Visconti’s virtuosity, continuing to enthrall audiences with its timeless allure. Commemorations marking the sesquicentennial anniversary of Visconti’s birth in 2016 served as a poignant reminder of his enduring influence, accentuated by the serendipitous discovery of additional works within the archives of the Municipal Theater.

Eliseu Visconti’s artistic legacy transcends temporal confines, etching an indelible imprint upon Brazilian art and culture, serving as a perennial wellspring of inspiration for generations to come.

Public Collections

Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz), Instituto Ricardo Brennand (IRB), Fundação Biblioteca Nacional (FBN-RJ), Museu Nacional de Belas Artes (MNBA-RJ), Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP), Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Instituto Itaú Cultural, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Museu Castro Maya – IPHAN/MinC, Fundação Itaú and Palácio Bandeirantes.


Auction Record

Eliseu Visconti
Jardim de Luxemburgo, 1950

Oil on canvas
50 x 60 cm

Bolsa de Arte São Paulo
Auction: may 21, 1997
Lot 051

Hamer Price $ 250.230,00 USD
Buyer’s premium: $262.741,5 USD

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