Artist biography

Emma Ciardi 1879-1933

Italian painter born in Venice, daughter of the painter Guglielmo Ciardi and the sister of Beppe Ciardi. Studied with her father, who taught her to paint directly from nature. Partly through her admiration for Guardi, began to paint Venetian views and the gardens of the great Italian villas with their fountains, statues, cypresses etc., animating these scenes with imaginary figures in elegant eighteenth-century costumes. Awarded a gold medal at Munich 1905 and a silver medal at Brussels 1910; her paintings were widely popular in her lifetime. Died in Venice.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.126