Antonio Donghi graduated from the Royal Institute of Fine Arts in Rome in 1916 and left to serve in World War I. Associated with the magazine Valori Plastici in the early 1920s, he was invited to take part in the second Rome Biennale in 1923. Ugo Ojetti then invited him to exhibit in the Esposizione di Venti Artisti Italiani at the Galleria Pesaro, Milan, in 1924 as one of leading figures working in the field of Magic Realism. His repeated participation in the Venice Biennale began with the 15th Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte di Venezia in 1926 and he was invited to take part in the Seconda Mostra del Novecento Italiano in Milan in 1929. With its acquisition of Woman at the Window in 1930, the Museo d’Arte Moderna of Palazzo Pitti in Florence initiated a series of important public purchases that set the seal on the artist’s success. His still lifes, landscapes and paintings of figures with their uncanny air of detachment were also exhibited in Mannheim, Boston, Pittsburgh and New York. He obtained a teaching post at the Rome Academy in 1936 and kept largely to himself in the years after World War II, when his work was no longer an object of artistic debate.