(Q3609940)

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Alessandro Contini Bonacossi

Italian art collector, dealer and politician (1878-1955‏)

  • Contini-Bonacossi
  • Count Contini-Bonacossi
  • Conte Alessandro Contini Bonacossi
  • Alessandro Contini Bonacossi

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18 March 1878Gregorian
18 June 1946
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In 1939 Contini-Bonacossi was made a Senator of the Kingdom of Italy. He was one of Mussolini's chief advisors on financial matters, according to a wartime intelligence report. The same report states that Contini-Bonacossi: "was made a Count by Benito Mussolini in exchange for giving his collection to the State, though he retained usufruct for life." (English)
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Kunsthändler und Sammler, ehem. Mitglied der Faschistischen Partei, Finanzberater Mussolinis, bis 1939 an einer Vielzahl internationaler Kunstgeschäfte beteiligt, verkaufte große Mengen von Kunstwerken aus Italien an Walter Andreas Hofer für die Sammlung Göring (German)
Art dealer and former prominent Fascist Party member. Close financial adviser to Mussolini. Has always maintained position of wealthy collector, rather than dealer, and engaged in large volume of international art business prior to 1939. Sold largest volume of works of art to Hofer for Goering Collection of any individual in Italy. (English)
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They were confiscated by the Nazis, taken to the depot in the Jeu de Paume, and then chosen for Hermann Goering, who was planning to turn his estate, Carinhall, into a museum. Other paintings in Belgrade came from France, but their prewar owners are not known. Among them are a sketch of the Roman emperor Galba, attributed to Rubens; Dance Around the Golden Calf, attributed to the School of Poussin; and a huge canvas by the Dutch Mannerist Joachim Wtewael, The Fall of Man. All three were destined for the museum Hitler planned to build in his home town of Linz, Austria. A landscape with cow by Corot was acquired in France by the Berlin art dealer Hans Lange. A painting of musicians attributed to Caravaggio was confiscated by the Nazis in Czechoslovakia. An impressive part of the works turned over to Mimara from the Collecting Point consisted of paintings that came from Italy. At least four of them are in the National Museum in Belgrade: Portrait of Queen Christina of Sweden, by Titian; Madonna and Child with Donor, by Tintoretto; and Holy Pilgrim and St. Sebastian, attributed to Carpaccio. They belonged to Goering, who had bought them from Count Contini Bonacossi, a well-known dealer in Florence who sold many pictures (and, according to reports, many possible forgeries) to American collectors before the war. (English)

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