on Donatus Buongiorno’s easel paintings
Near his signature, Buongiorno added dates to some paintings. I believe this indicates that they were commissioned paintings. On paintings that were gifts, he wrote inscriptions. Below are some examples of inscriptions on the fronts of paintings.
Buongiorno wrote notes on the backs of some paintings in black crayon. Besides his initials (“D.B.”), there are often numbers. I think they were dates, prices or the numbers of paintings in an inventory for a show or sale.
Sometimes he wrote inscriptions on paintings which he gave as gifts (on the fronts or backs).
Occasionally, an easel painting has notes written on its stretchers, but these may or may not have been written by the artist. Unless they are in Buongiorno’s hand, or use his notation systems, I assume they were added by various owners over the years.
Below are notes on the backs of paintings.
Do you know what these notes mean? If so, I would love to hear from you. Contact me here.Contact. commercial stretchers, I don’t think “22” is a date. $594.86.
Meagan Schlegel says
Hi! Giovanni Gioscio is my great grandfather. Are you selling this painting? Also can I see a pic of the front of this painting?
Meagan: I’m thrilled to hear from a Gioscio family member! The front of this painting is the one I titled “Old Couple with Brown Pot” which you can see by scrolling down here: https://donatusbuongiorno.com/paintings/easel-paintings/couples/ I bought it from a dealer near Indianapolis and can tell you more about it. Would you like to talk? I would love to hear anything you know about your great-grandfather’s career, especially church mural commissions, as I would love to see/find pictures of the murals Buongiorno worked on for him. My phone number is on the “Contact” page which you can click to at the bottom of every page on this site. Or e-mail me privately from the e-mail link which is on each page. Thanks for writing! Janice
Robb Johnson says
So happy to have found this website! Giovanni Gioscio is my maternal 2nd great-grandfather.
Thrilled to hear from you, tell me more, Robb!