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Riccardo Tommasi Ferroni (Pietrasanta, 4 December 1934 - Pieve di Camaiore, 19 February 2000) was an Italian painter.

He was born into a family of artists: his father Leone Tommasi, he studied sculpture first in Rome and then at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, as was his brother, Marcello Tommasi, a sculptor. In Viareggio, Riccardo studied at the classical high school, where he graduated and then enrolled in the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy of the University of Florence while attending the Academy of Fine Arts at the same time. Later he moved to Rome.

The work The possessed of Gerasa dates back to 1965, followed by Interno (1971), Roman Allegory and Venus, Mars and Love (1972), Television coverage (1973), Rape of Europe (1975), Council of the Gods (1977) ) and the Academy of the Lost (1979).

In the sixties and eighties he exhibited in various Italian and foreign cities. In 1965 he participated in the IX Quadrennial Exhibition in Rome and in the IV Biennial of Contemporary Art in Paris. In addition to the experience of Paris (where he would return on five other occasions).

In 1982 Tommasi Ferroni was admitted to the National Academy of San Luca. In that same year, at the Venice Biennale he was involved in a quarrel with Jean Clair and Antoni Tàpies.

In the eighties he made A kiss again (1980), Supper at Emmaus (1982), Abraham and Isaac (1983), Incredulità di San Tommaso (1983), Great Roman battle (1984), A game of chess (1986), For the victory of Lepanto (1988), Desinare al Gianicolo (1989).

The painter returned to his native Versilia in the mid-eighties. There he made Apollo and Daphne (1990-91), Marsyas and Apollo (1992), Saint George and the Dragon and Ash Wednesday (1995), Non son Geni mentiti (1996).