The Pompeo Mariani Archives ©, an organization of the “Cultural Association for the study, protection, enhancement and dissemination of the Archives and Works of Pompeo Mariani and Elizabeth Keller”, is the brainchild of Giovanni Pitscheider (heir and blood descendant of Pompeo Mariani and the painter Elizabeth Keller). It was created to restore dignity and historical accuracy to the cultural legacy of the painter from Monza, seeking to counter the misappropriation and false attribution that, sadly, occur to this day and have begun as early as the day of Pompeo Mariani’s death, rampaging the art market beyond the control of the Milan branch of the family. The Statute of the Association, established as a non-profit legal entity on 23 May 2015 (refer to Annex 1), establishes the Governing Council which, in addition to Giovanni Pitscheider and Paolo Lunardi Versienti, (art historian at the University of Milan) also enjoys the fundamental contributions of Aurora Scotti – a Full Professor at the Polytechnic of Milan, and a renowned expert in the works of Pellizza Volpedo and an important writer on the history of Italian art and architecture; and Rodolfo Profumo – an art historian, expert in Italian painting of the late 19th-early 20th centuries and author of several specialised studies in the field.
Quoted Deed of Incorporation
The Cultural Association for the study, protection, enhancement and dissemination of the Archives and Works of Pompeo Mariani and Elizabeth Keller was founded on the initiative of Giovanni Pitscheider as a due legitimate act to make known the direct family hereditary continuity linking Pompeo Mariani (1857-1927) to his nephew Giovanni Battista Pitscheider (1883 -1964) husband of Elisabetta Keller (1891-1969) to his grandnephew Umberto Pitscheider (1918 – 2013).