"Lorenzo Casanova Y Ruiz - The Letter"Lorenzo CASANOVA Y RUIZ Alcoy, 1845 - Alicante, 1900 Oil on panel 27 x 18 cm Signed lower right of the initials "LC. "Elevated from Rosales and Fortuny, Casanova is one of the important painters of the nineteenth century of the region of Valencia in Spain. He studied at the fine arts of Valencia before leaving for Madrid. In 1873 he moved to Rome and attended the Chigi Academy with Fortuny and Joaquín Agrasot with whom he lives. He returned to Alcoy in 1879 where he opened an art academy and another in Alicante in 1885. He is considered the creator of the modern school of Alicante. A great draftsman, Casanova was at the same time portraitist, painter of genre and painter of religious subjects. He is known as a painter of the Costumbrismo movement inspired by folklore and local customs. He received the Order of Isabel the Catholic and entered the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando.