The Eavesdropper

Francesco Beda (1840-1900)

Oil on Canvas
Size (inches): 29.2 (h) x 39.4 (w) inches
Size (cm): 74.2 (h) x 100.1 (w) cm

Francesco Beda (1840 – 1900) was an Italian painter, who was best known for his academic genre paintings of 18th-century scenes. Beda studied under famed Austrian fresco painter Karl Von Blaas in Vienna before gathering the attention of Bohemian royalty. Thereafter, he painted the portraits of such figures as the Empress Elisabeth of Austria and the Bishop Strossmayer of Zagreb. Beda also subscribed to the popular Orientalist aesthetic of the day, frequently painting scenes of the Middle East.

Regular visits to his neighbouring Croatia and Hungary earned him a number of commissioned portraits. He settled for some time in England, where his genre scenes and history paintings brought him regular commissions from connoisseurs and collectors alike. His son Guilio Beda (1879-1954) led a successful career as a landscape artist in Germany.


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