Pelizzaro, Joseph



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  • Pellizzaro, Joseph

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  • Professional


Life dates

Pieve Tesino [IT], 1803 - ?, ?


1839 * - 1846 Gand, Rue du Soleil, 3
Successor: Buffa Joseph #; Avanzo Louis
° 29.8.1803. Also spelled "Pellizzaro"; both spellings used interchangeably. Print seller in Ghent from 1821 onwards. The first professional daguerreotypist of fixed abode in Ghent. Initially experimented the daguerreotype with François Braga (see this name) on 22.10.1839 at Philippe Van de Velde’s residence (see that name). "The result has surpassed all expectations: the tower and Saint Nicholas church with the surrounding buildings taken as a bird's-eye view were rendered with surprising clarity. The traces of decay that the spectator espies on the tower and Saint Nicholas church, as well as the minutest details of this magnificent view, have been rendered so faithfully that it may be termed miraculous" (Le Messager de Gand, 23.10.1839). The Rue du Soleil formed a corner with the Rue des Champs, where Braga lived. The experiment was conducted in the presence of an ad-hoc group of local academic notables. Pelizarro and Braga expressed the intention of making daguerreotypes of "our main monuments and some of our public squares" (Le Messager de Gand, 23.10.1839). Of the four plates ascribed to the partners are known, two are in the holdings of the STAM - Stadsmuseum in Ghent while two others are lost.
Pelizzaro opened a daguerreotype studio at this address in 1842 or 1843. Portrait of the scientist Joseph Plateau (1801-1883) taken in 1843 and conserved at the Museum voor de Geschiedenis van de Wetenschappen in Ghent. Daguerreotypes with litho credit on passe-partout "chez J. Pellizzaro, rue du Soleil, Gand", 1844 ca. Took a daguerreotype portrait of Gustave De Vylder in 1846 (Bulletin du Musée de l'Industrie de Belgique, July 1878, p. 9). It is unclear whether the daguerreotype studio continued operating here after 1846 and until Pelizzaro's departure on 19.1.1852 when he left Ghent for Paris [F]. Joseph Buffa (see that name) was resident as a printseller at this address from 3.12.1851 to 19.11.1852. A certain J. Pelizzarro was recorded as a printseller in Besançon [Doubs, F] in 1855; Pelizzarro Frères were already trading as opticians and printsellers there in 1853.


1839 * - 1846 Gand, Rue du Soleil, 3


Genres / subject matter



CALLE, Storm, DE DONCKER, Tim & LACHAERT, Pieter-Jan. "Gent in een album en aan de muur. Italiaanse prentenhandelaars in Gent in de 19de eeuw" in Gentse geschiedenissen ofte, nieuwe historiën uit de oudheid der stad en illustere plaatsen omtrent, Ghent, 2017, pp. 275-284.
CLAES, Marie-Christine. Répertoire des Tesini - Pelizzaro :




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MCC revised 29.6.2017, 24.12.2017, 23.5.2018 & 4.8.2019; SFJ revised 22.1.2021 & 17.4.2021 based on information supplied by M. Demaeght; MD revised 28.1.2021; SFJ revised 21.9.2023 based on information supplied by Marie-Christine Claes




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