Virgilio Tojetti | Sleeping Cupid, 1885
Italian-born American painter Virgilio Tojetti (1851-1901) was born in Rome, 1851. He was an American visual artist who studied with his father, the painter Domenico Tojetti, and in Paris with Gérôme and Bouguereau. In 1870 he immigrated to America and spent much of the rest of his life living and working in San Francisco and New York City. He exhibited with the Boston Art Club, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, National Academy of Design and the Brooklyn Art Association. Numerous works by the artist have been sold at auction, including 'Cupid's Whisper' sold at Doyle New York 'European, American, Modern and Contemporary Art' in 2010.
His work is found in a number of museums and private collections, including the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Tojetti was as well commissioned to paint murals for the New York City residence of financier Charles T. Yerkes, also for the Savoy Hotel, and Flagler College (formerly the Ponce De Leon Hotel) in St. Augustine, Florida. Tojetti died in 1901.