[From the Community Collection, a public trust in Agincourt, Iowa]
MATTUZZI, Guido [1902/3—1977]
“L’ultima cena” / The Last Supper
oil on canvas panel / 5.25 inches by 7 inches
Italian painter Guido Mattuzzi was born in Trieste, a city many Italians actually believe is not in Italy. His status as a 20th century artist may account for the lack of biographical information (all of which is in Italian), yet there is circumstantial evidence Mattuzzi may have spent some time in Argentina, where there is a substantial community of Italian expatriates. This small rendition of the Last Supper, in heavy impasto technique, may have been a study for a larger work.
The painting came to the collection from the children of the former owners, who do not know its origin.