Born in Milan on March 23, 1754 by a family from Bosisio; died in the same city l ?? 8 novem¬bre 1817. He studied in Milan since 1769 with Carlo Maria Giudici, Martin Knoller and De Giorgi of the school ?? Ambrosiana, and anatomy at ?? Ospedale Maggiore with Gaetano Monti; since 1776 ?? attended the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera with Giuliano Traballesi, deepening the techniques of fresco ??. After an initial activity in the field of ?? fresco (1777, frescoes in the parish of rennet), 1779-1782 deals with set design in Milan with the brothers Bernardino and Ferdinand Galliari. After being in Florence, at the school of Domenico Chelli (1783-1784), continues the study trip to Rome, Parma, Bologna and Naples (1790-1791). States and reaches notoriety addressing important positions in the fresco decoration (Round of Serre in the Villa Reale in Monza, 1789-1792; Santa Maria at San Celso in Milan, from 1793 to 1795; Palazzo Sannazzaro Prina-Milan, 1795-1800). ?? With the arrival of Napoleon in Milan, in 1796, was presented at court and became the official painter: date from this period his first famous portraits (Napoleon at the Battle of Lodi, 1796) and the first assignment to ?? Commissioner top? ? for the selection of works of art ?? Lombardy and Veneto to be sent to Paris, which will be renewed after five years. Gets more and more institutional charges: in 1801 is a teacher at the Brera Academy; in 1802 he was appointed Commissioner of the shows ?? ??; in the same year select some paintings that will be part of the collection archbishop, with others, the new Brera Art Gallery, which opened in 1811. In 1804 he went to Paris to participate in ?? coronation of Napoleon as Emperor of the French; here knows personally Jacques-Louis David. In 1805 he was appointed First Painter to the Court ?? ?? Napoleon, newly crowned King of Italy ??. Among the series of frescoes for the Royal Palace, begun in 1808 and largely destroyed by bombing in World War II, were saved l ?? Apotheosis of Napoleon with the four Virtues (today in the Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo) el Olimpo ?? coming from the study of Napoleon. Between 1808 and 1810 decorates the interior of the Villa Melzi in Bellagio; meanwhile continues l ?? activities portraiture for Napoleon and family Beauharnais, for which he created his latest masterpiece, l ?? fresco Parnassus in the Villa Reale in Monza (1811). In the same year he joined the Roman Academy of St. Luke. In 1812, after the defeat of Napoleon in Russia, stops the fresco decoration in the Royal Palace, which will remain unfinished because of a stroke that hits him in 1813, leaving him almost completely paralyzed. His copious pro¬duzione, be mentioned: The Rape of Europe, two works of 1778 in a private collection; a range tempera in Turri collection in Milan; Napoleon I and the Console Ri¬tratto Princess Belgioioso d'Este in the Villa Melzi in Bellagio; The Portrait of General Desaix and that of Mrs. Regnaud de Saint-Jean d'Angely in the Musée National de Versailles; that of Mrs. Angelini nell'Ambrosiana of Milan; to Vincenzo Monti at the Gallery of Modern Art in Rome; Self-portrait in the collection Menni of Milan; Apollo and the Muses on Parnassus; Napoleon which bridges over the Danube; The birth of Jesus; Episode of Roman history;. Meeting of Jacob with Ra-claws; The coronation of Jupiter, the Art Gallery Mo¬derna of Milan; Toilet Giuntane, in the Galleria Tosio of Brescia; Madonna and Child; Hercules delivery Dejanira the Centaur Nessus; L ?? Self-Portrait and Portrait of Hugh Pasture in the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan; ri¬tratto Marchesa Porro Lambertenghi Serbelloni; ri¬tratto of Nob. Stefano Mainoni; portrait of Giambattista Bodoni; portrait of the singer Grassini; that of Con¬tessa Margherita Grimaldi Prati in the Pinacoteca Comunale of Treviso and the portrait of Marianna Waldstein of Santa Cruz in Rome Academy of St. Luke; portrait of the musician Bonifacio Ascoli; portrait of Mons. Bonsignori Bishop of Faenza; Bacchante; The Olympians; Hercules and Venus; Boez and Ruth.

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