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GREGORI, Luigi, artist, born in Bologna. Italy, 8 July, 1819. In 1840 he went to Rome, where he studied under Tomaso Minardi. He received in 1856 the grand gold medal of the Academy of Bologna for historical painting, and lived in the Vatican for several years as the friend of Monsignor de Merode. engaged in restoring the old masters. He was also placed at the head of a commission appointed to decide by whom certain old and valuable pictures were painted. He came to the United States in 1874, and was made director of the art department of the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He has decorated the Church of the University, and painted religious pictures in the cathedrals of Baltimore, Philadelphia, Dubuque, and Detroit. In the main corridor of the University of Notre Dame he has executed a series of large historical pictures, twelve in number, representing scenes in the life of Columbus. He has also painted portraits of Cardinal Gibbons, General Sheridan, and Archbishop Ryan. Queen Margarita, of Italy, sent him a watch set with diamonds, and the University of Notre Dame gave him the grand gold medal for art in 1876. While in Rome he catalogued the library of the Marquis Campani, and published a work on art. He has been successful in pure frescos and colossal figures and in miniatures, and also has merit as a sculptor.
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