Arturo Ricci was an Italian painter, known for his figurative subjects, genre scenes, and art of family life. The wealthy class created by the Industrial Revolution collected his genre of art, specifically the representation of the pre-Industrial era.
His speciality was most notably his work on scenes of anecdotal, upper-class family life, known for its portrayal of silks and satin. Ricci's sense of color, detail, and composition showed in this genre well.
His work was popular with American and British collectors as well as the Italian market. Notably, Andrew Carnegie, a well known businessman in the Industrial era, owned a piece from Ricci known as "The Village Wedding".
Arturo Ricci was born on April 19th, 1854 in Florence, Italy. In Florence, he studied under a painter named Tito Conti, eventually surpassing him in every aspect of his career.
Ricci quickly entrenched himself as a leading artist in Europe that worked in the field of historical costume genre, alongside artists like Vittorio Reggianini and Charles Frederick Soulacroix.