Coen, Giuseppe

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COEN, GIUSEPPE (1811–1856), Italian painter and pioneer art photographer, born in Ferrara. Orphaned at an early age, Coen chose to make art his profession, and became a landscape and architectural painter in the manner of Canaletto. In 1850 he moved from Ferrara to Venice, where he practiced the new art of photography, winning a silver medal for his views of Venice at the Paris Exhibition of 1855.