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Foundation in memorial of Maria Cosway

    Maria Luisa Caterina Cecilia Cosway, née Hadfield (b. Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany, 1760 – d. 1838, Lodi, Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia) was an Italian-English artist. She worked in England, France, and later Italy, cultivating a large circle of friends and clients, mainly as an initiate of Swedish and French Illuminism and an enthusiastic revivalist of the Masonic Knights Templar. She exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts and commissioned the first portrait of Napoleon to be seen in England. Cosway founded a girls’ school in Paris, which she directed from 1803 to 1809. Soon after it closed, she founded a girls’ college and school in Lodi, northern Italy, which she directed until her death.

    Address : Via Paolo Gorini, 6, 26900 Lodi

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