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Guido Caprotti

Guido Caprotti Ávila Turismo

Caprotti Museum

Born in Monza (Italy), he started to stand out thanks to his artistic skills when he was very young. Like many other European artists from the end of the 19th century, he travelled around the Old Continent in search of purity, looking for the genuine character of each country.

He was attracted to Spain by its picturesqueness, but also by the works of the great Spanish painters. He started to travel around the country and was particularly interested in the old Castile. Thanks to one of those coincidences that change the course of a life, on a journey that should have taken him to León, a large snowstorm forced his train to stop in Ávila. The storm did not stop and he stayed in the town for a few days. However, his stay and walking around the streets impressed him greatly. So much so that, with hardly any delay, he moved to our town and began his very close relationship with it, a relationship that was to end only with his death.

Guido had an open character and was quickly accepted by Ávila society, becoming the ‘official painter’ and a common face in public life and local culture. He was accepted so quickly that he was named Adoptive Son of Ávila in 1918.

He soon met Laura de la Torre, who was to be his partner for the rest of his life and he set up home in the Palace of Superunda, a mansion of ancient lineage in the very heart of the historical centre, also known today as Caprotti Palace.

During the Civil War, he left Ávila, but returned with his family when it ended.

Caprotti earned his living mainly by painting portraits by commission, but his work also included a large number of landscapes and, above all, local personalities and scenes. This turned him into a real reporter of everyday Ávila life.

Much of his work has been conserved in Ávila and is to be exhibited soon in the Palace where he lived, today owned by the municipal authorities.

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