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We are looking for works by:

Luzzo, Giovanni ( John) (Italian, active 1851-1877) - Watercolors and Gouaches
Lived and worked in Venice, Italy
Ship Portraits of sailing vessels with Venetian background
Prices starting at BP 900 (Great Britain) or Euro 1.400 (Continent). Prices depend on subject, size, date, quality and condition. Please send us an e-mail to receive an exact offer for your work by this artist (free of charge for persons considering to sell their painting).
Most likely the founding father of the Luzzo family of ship portrait artists. The ships are usually depicted under full sail off a Venetian scenery and very accurately drawn. Information about the artist and his oeuvre can also be found in our book "Ship Portrait Artists".
The FineArtEmporium is interested in the direct purchase of fine works by this artist and can pay a good price. Please refer to our page "Contact" and send an e-mail to with the information requested there. You will receive an answer usually within 48-72 hours (up to a week in rare cases).

Example of pictures by Giovanni Luzzo:

Luzzo, Giovanni (John) 
Other known works in Private Collections and in the Art Trade - Fine Art Emporium World Register of Ship Portraits
Image of Luzzo Picture

Ship Portrait of the German Schooner ANNA Capt. H. Bartels 1871, the vessel of Cranz / Amts Jork is shown off Venice, Marcus Square Watercolor 33 x 52 cm (13 x 20 1/2 in.) not signed but attributed to a member of the Luzzo family (possibly Giovanni) , inscribed with title lower right The Werder Collection

Note: The *Anna* was built in 1859 and under the command of Capt. Bartels. It had 94 tons and 5 men crew. A chronometer was not on board (which made navigation not easier!). Click on the image to enlarge the picture. Photo Copyright is with the Werder Collection, Germany.

Image of Luzzo Picture

Ship Portrait of the German Schoonerbrig CATHARINA Capt. H. Dreier 1869 - inscribed with title: "Unter der Küste von Norwegen am 22ten März 1869 Schiff Catharina Capt. H.Dreier" - the vessel of Blankenese under reduced sails off the Norwegian coast Watercolor 41 x 61 cm (16 x 24 in.) signed "Gio Luzzo Venice" and dated The Werder Collection, Germany - Click on the image to see a larger photo

Note: The Catharina (168 GRT) was built on the shipyard of D.W.Kremer in Elmshorn for Thies Breckwoldt and Heinrich Dreyer in 1865. It was flying the flag "Z 102" or signal "LDVK". The captains Thies Breckwoldt, Heinrich Dreyer, Johs. Kröger and Johs. Bohn were in command. On the 2nd of November 1878 the Catharina left Antwerp and was bound for Rio Grande do Sul. It was Johs. Bohns first and only voyage on the Catharina. It is believed that the vessel sank in stormy seas between the 8th and 11th of November, some debris was washed ashore on the French coast near Ploumanache. Six members of the crew died at sea.

Schooner *Cynosure* Michael Yabsley Master leaving the Port of Venice 1853 The English Topsail Schooner off Venice 37 x 56 cm signed "John Luzzo", inscribed and dated good condition - Private European Collection

*Edouard Curbiere* E. Gillet 1858 The French Brig under sail off Venice 42 x 59 cm signed "Gio Luzzo", dated and inscribed good condition The Property of an Italian Collector

Brig *Jane Avery* Capt. James Paterson in the Gulf of Venice 1854 The English Brig in a light swell at sea with the Italian coast in the distance 31 x 54 cm signed, inscribed and dated - Private Collection in the USA

Brig *Jane Avery* Capt. James Paterson off Gibraltar 1854 The English Brig under full sail in a light swell off Gibraltar (shown in two positions) 36 x 57 cm signed, inscribed and dated - Private Collection in Germany

Brig *Mora* William Whidby Commander leaving the Port of Venice 1851 The English Brig off Venice 35 x 55 cm signed, inscribed and dated good condition - British Collection


Please note, that we have no photos or additional information about the above ship(s) or painting(s). The paintings are only shown as examples of works by the artist and are NOT for sale. If you are interested to check paintings available for purchase please refer to our For Sale Category. Thank you

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