Amedeo Preziosi


Count Amedeo Preziosi (December 2, 1816 - September 27, 1882) was a Maltese painter known for his watercolours and prints of the Balkans, Ottoman Empire and Romania.
Amedeo Preziosi was born in 1816 to a noble family in Malta. His father, Giovanni Francesco Preziosi had high-level functions in the local administration and represented the Maltese people at the negotiations of the Treaty of Amiens in 1802, while his mother, Margareta née Reynaud was of French origin. Amedeo, the first child of the Preziosi family, was baptised in the Porto Salvo Church in Valletta and given the name Aloysius-Rosarius-Amadeus-Raymundus-Andreas.
Amedeo was attracted by the arts from early age and was taught by Giuseppe Hyzler, a very appreciated painter in Malta.
Preziosi was killed by an accidental gun discharge while hunting. He was buried in the Catholic cemetery of Yeşilköy, Istanbul.

Adrian-Silvan Ionescu, Preziosi în România, Noi Media Print, 2003.

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