Torello Ancillotti John the Baptist was born November 7, 1843 in Montepulciano by Domenico and Fortunata Fountains. Apprentice in his father's workshop cabinetmaker, he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence courses of Pollastrini, where he as fellow students Cannicci, Cecconi, Cecioni Vinea and especially, of which he became a friend. Takes part as a volunteer at the second (1859) and the third war of independence (1866); has since been awarded the silver medal for the competition of figure ?? s Academy of Fine Arts in Pisa (1863), where he had moved with his family. Congedatosi definitively from ?? army, married in 1870 in Naples Demeter Corgialegno settling permanently in Florence; the three children: Louise, who died at ?? age of nine, Demetrius and Beatrice. After being employed at the National Library of Florence in the department of prints and heraldry, is distinguished in the field of visual arts under the influence of the Macchiaioli and Factors ?? ?? quest will last grandmaster of his youngest daughter, Beatrice - who attends the Cafe Michelangelo. In 1877, left his family to Florence, he moved to France, Rouen. Here he falls in love with the Countess of Barr and began an intense artistic activity as a genre painter, watercolorist and sculptor. Already in 1879 he exhibited at the Paris Salon, where it will be up to 1892 (excluding the years 1880, 1887 and 1890); in 1883 participates in the Universal Exhibition in Amsterdam, obtaining the gold medal with sculpture Chef de bands. In 1886 he moved to Paris with his family. E ?? ?? required by high society; becomes a friend of Guy de Maupassant and Medardo Rosso, who helps and encourages. E ?? appointed member of the jury for Italy (Section Fine Arts) at the Universal Exhibition of 1889, which also participates with oils, watercolors and scultre, including the delicate Rêverie (Rougeurs de soir), donated by the heirs to the Gallery ?? Modern Art in Florence. Until 1893 mansion in Paris, exposing for the last time ?? at the Galerie Georges Petit a portrait. The nostalgia for the homeland, the need to follow their children's education and the promise of the chair of sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts ?? cause him to return to Florence. Here participates in the Annual Exhibition of the Society of Fine Arts and, in 1896-1897, the Feast of ?? ?? ?? Art and Flowers, presenting Channel (Marina), that De Fonseca (1897) signals between the works of notable shows. A few years later, Ancillotti became seriously ill and died in Florence June 13, 1899. Among the watercolors, drawings and paintings of historical genre that claimed Alps, remember: Chez la brocanteuse, presented at ?? Exhibition in Lyon in 1884, and now preserved at the Societe des Amis des Arts in Lyon; Recerche sous l ?? artillerie, presented at ?? EPlace of Tourcoing in 1887 and depicting a musketeer in reading, and La voisine, also ?? it works in costume century. Among the paintings paeasaggio and marine, in which fuses the traditional Tuscan with inflections francesizzanti elegant tones and mundane to the De Nittis, remember some of his views of Rouen, Place de Carrousel, weathered ?? Paris Universal of 1889, and Plage à Réville. Practice successfully sculpture: works are particularly successful A pécheur à la ligne, presented at the Salon in 1881, Chef de bands, presented at ?? Universal Exhibition in Amsterdam in 1883, el ?? Amour blessant Force, exhibited at the Paris Salon 1889. Over six hundred works of Torello and daughter Beatrice Ancillotti are now kept at the Gallery of Modern Art in Florence at the Pitti Palace, following the donation made in 1979 by Maria Goretti, daughter of Beatrice (cfr. M. Goretti, Tribute to Torello Ancillotti , Bologna, 1989).

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