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Luigi Franciosa (Ponticelli, 13 July 1886 - Ponticelli, 1946) was an Italian painter.

The son of Nicola Franciosa and Maria Grazia Piscettaro, he was born in Ponticelli, which was then a municipality in the province of Naples and later became a district of Naples.

He graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in Naples in 1908, when the spirit of the great Domenico Morelli still hovered in the glorious school and Vincenzo Volpe, Paolo Vetri and Giovanni Diana were teaching there. A pupil of Michele Cammarano, he immediately began to give clear evidence of his artistic maturity, obtaining a diploma in 1913 to teach painting and landscape painting. One of Cammarano's favourite pupils was Francesco De Nicola, who painted a fine portrait of Franciosa. A teacher of ornamentation at the Liceo Artistico at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Naples, he was appointed its director of education in 1938.

The city's toponymy office has decided to name a number of streets in the Ponticelli district of Naples after local artists who have left their mark on the collective memory, such as Luigi Franciosa and Luigi Piscettaro.


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