Born in Venice on 11 August 1849. He received his first painting teachings from Gerolamo Astolfoni and Francesco Vason. He then attended the figure courses of Michelangelo Grigoletti and Napoleone Nani at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, from 1864 to 1873, those of perspective by Federico Moja and those of painting by Pompeo Mariano Molmenti. He has as fellow students Guglielmo Ciardi, Luigi Nono, Alessandro Milesi and Pietro Fragiacomo and is repeatedly awarded and recognized among the best students. He immediately used the photographic medium as study material, as demonstrated by the double pen portrait of the Gyepes spouses (1869) and some photographs of gondoliers used for the later painting Traghetto della Maddalena (1887). The knowledge of the most advanced experiences of Italian realism and the Macchiaioli lesson, absorbed through the experience of Michele Cammarano, can be perceived since the School of Painting of 1871 and in other contemporary or shortly subsequent paintings. Among them are the Anatomy Lesson (Milan, Galleria d’Arte Moderna) and The wife of a jealous painter, both exhibited in Brera in 1873, The Guidini family (1873, Venice, Gallerie dell’Accademia, in storage at the Gallery of Modern Art of Ca 'Pesaro), After the journey (1873), My dear (1874), Chess players (1874-1875), Entrance to a patrician house in Venice, exhibited in Brera in 1874, School of young children, which appears at the same exhibition in 1876, and Il sorcio (Milan, Pinacoteca di Brera), with which in 1878 he obtained his first success with the public, again in Brera. From this moment on, the themes of popular everyday life will be recurrent in his pictorial production, from the life of the squares and markets to that of shops, crafts, domestic interiors. Paintings such as A tailoring and The recipe followed, exhibited in Paris at the 1878 Salon; Waiting for the spouses (Rome, National Gallery of Modern Art), exhibited in Brera in 1879; Venetian Erbaiolo, Prints and books (Munich, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Neue Pinakothek) and Banco del lotto, exhibited in Turin in 1880; El difeto xe nel manego, exhibited in Milan in 1881; The market in Campo San Polo, presented at the Rome Fine Arts Exhibition in 1883; After the bathroom (Rome, National Gallery of Modern Art) and El me dise "Rossa mia", exhibited in Brera in 1885; Easter Fair at the Rialto Bridge. Also noteworthy is the elaboration of the modules of Macchiaioli portraiture in some portraits dating back to around 1875-1876, such as Self-portrait (Venice, Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Ca 'Pesaro), L ’" a mia Rosa ", Seated woman ( Bologna, Civic Art Gallery), The family at the table and Chess players. From this period are the Gleaners, The Rice Harvest in the Lower Veronese lands and The Rice Harvest, painted between 1877 and 1878. In 1878 he went to Paris, together with Guglielmo Ciardi, where he exhibited at the Salon of 1878. In Paris he made a series of studies by Flemish masters and, on his return, some interesting portraits, such as Portrait of a relative (Venice, Galleria d ' 'Modern Art of Ca' Pesaro), Portrait of a man and After lunch in the garden, all from 1879. The painter's official success is enshrined with Vandalism of 1880, exhibited and awarded that year in Brera, at whose Art Gallery is all Now preserved. In 1880 he illustrated a volume on the frescoes of Tiepolo by Pompeo Gherardo Molmenti (La villa Valmarana, Venice 1880); two years later, again for Molmenti, he illustrates a collection of historical anecdotes (Old stories, Venice, 1882). Among the works of the Eighties, often re-enactments of environments and figures of the Venetian eighteenth century, we remember Incontro sul ponte (Milan, International Balzan Foundation), exhibited in Turin in 1880, Soli (Milan, Museum of Science and Technology), exhibited at the Promoting Society of Fine Arts of Venice in 1882 and in Brera in 1883, Walk in the square (Venice, Gallery of Modern Art of Ca 'Pesaro), The shop of the florist of 1881, The first step of Goldoni in 1887 and Venetian lady of Eighteenth century (both in Venice, Ca 'Pesaro Gallery of Modern Art). He died in Venice on June 12, 1887, at the age of thirty-eight, while the National Art Exhibition was being held in that city, where Il Liston (Rome, National Gallery of Modern Art), an enlarged version of the Walk in the Piazzetta, was exhibited , and the aforementioned Traghetto della Maddalena (1887). Among his extreme paintings are the unfinished Le Zattere (1886-1887) and the Traghetto (1887).


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