Ermanno Lucini daughter wrote the following obituary of his father.
Ermanno Lucini was born in a small village in Tuscany but moved to Florence where he studied art at Accademia di Belle Arti. Making a living as an artist was hard and it proved difficult to find employment in Italy. As many young Italians he moved abroad in the 1960's and found his way to Stockholm, where he was employed as a technical designer at an engeneering office.
His interest in art remained and he visited museums and art galleries as often as time allowed him to do so. Ermanno specialized in international paintings - ranging from the Gothic era to the 1900's - even though it was the history and culture of the Etruscans that had caught his interest at an early stage. In Italy he assisted at archaeological excavations, one of which was attented by the the king of Sweden, Gustav VI Adolf. Little did Ermanno Lucini know that he himself would move to Sweden in the future.
As the years went by, collecting art became his full-time profession. He could sit in front of a portrait for hours, studying light and shadows, provenance and schools. He would say that a painting or a piece of furniture had its story to tell and deserved to be admired by art lovers.
In the beginning of the new millenium Ermanno decided to return to Italy. Although it wasn't easy to return to the country where he grew up, he got to live some happy years in his beloved Florence and, at last, found peace in his native village - under the Tuscan sun.
To Ermanno Lucinis Collection at Auction Online (Will show 2 June)