ⓘ Leonardo Barbieri


ⓘ Leonardo Barbieri

Leonardo Barbieri was an Italian portrait painter and daguerrotypist who was an expatriate in the Western Hemisphere, including Argentina, Bolivia, California, and Peru, in the 1840s-1860s. He did many portraits of Californios.


1. Life

Barbieri was born in 1818 in the Duchy of Savoy, Italy. He was educated in Lyon, and he emigrated to the Americas in 1844.

Barbieri became a portrait painter in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1844. He subsequently taught drawing in La Paz, Bolivia. By 1849, he had opened a studio in San Francisco, followed by Santa Barbara in 1850 and 1852, and Monterey in 1852. While in California, Barbieri did many portraits of Californios. He was a portrait painter and daguerrotypist in Lima, Peru in 1861-1863, He opened an art school, and his students included Peruvian painters Federico del Campo and Daniel Hernandez Morillo.

Barbieri returned to Europe in 1871, where he died in 1896. His work is in the permanent collections of the De Saisset Museum on the campus of Santa Clara University and the Santa Barbara Historical Society.