Anna Castelli

1920 - 2006

Artist biography

Anna Castelli was an artist, Anna Castelli, born in 1920, died in 2006. Artists Alan Reid Cook, Christian Adam, Elsa Andrada, Alain Brayer, and Luis Aldehuela Gómez are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Anna Castelli

Born in 1920, Anna Castelli's creative work was primarily inspired by the 1930s. During the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for power, and epitomised the political atmosphere of the era. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government was in dire need of urgent funds to implement the industrialisation of the Five Year Plan. In a covert bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), which included some two hundred and fifty paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which had been deemed irreplaceable. Many of the pieces came to be owned by Andrew Mellon, via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.