Born September 12, 1872 in Cetona (Siena), died in the same city October 25, 1958. He began his studies at the Institute of Fine Arts before Rome and Naples, at the school of Filippo Palizzi and Domenico Morelli, of which he was great admirer. After an initial activity as a decorator of rooms, together with the famous decorator Lazio Enrico Risi, he continued his studies under the guidance of Gioacchino Toma. At twenty-two he went to Paris, taking accommodation in an attic of a large palace popular. In Paris, he works as the Florentine Tofani illustrations of magazines and newspapers, thus learning the art of engraving. In 1897 he exhibited at the Paris Salon Waiting for the glory; two years later creates the large and scenic painting Beethoven (1899), which won the gold medal at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900: ?? the work will be widely reproduced and re-exposed in Venice in 1901, where it will be bought for 5000 pounds Museum Revoltella of Trieste, where tutt ?? now is found. Achieved notoriety, Balestrieri became friends with many musicians, including Puccini, Giordano and Cilea. The music continues to inspire romantic subjects of his paintings, such as The Death of Mimi (Museum of the City, New York), in which he portrays himself in the figure of Rudolph, the triptych Chopin (1904), the Night (1904), Manon (1905) and others. In September 1914, being the Germans at the gates of Paris, he returned to Italy, settling in Naples where he is entrusted with the management before the Industrial Museum and then the Institute of Fine Arts. With the passage of the years he devoted himself increasingly to painting country (views of Capri, nightlife, etc.), not to mention his passion for self-portraits. He spent the last years of his life in Cetona, painting landscapes, waiting to write his memoirs remained unpublished and receiving visits from several journalists who still remembered him for Beethoven. The subjects of his paintings are preferably figures, historical themes and gender. At the Paris Motor Show exhibits from 1897 to 1909: Waiting for glory; Mimi Mimi; The Fourth Of July (gouache); Bee¬thoven; A scene dall'Oeuvre Zola, awarded with gold medal; The woman of the poet; Musette; Chopin, trit¬tico awarded medal of the third class; Portrait of Mrs. B. and Reader. In Rome, in 1902 the Company Amateurs and Connoisseurs of Fine Arts (International Exhibition of black and white), illustrates the Canto IX of Paradise; in Monaco in stes¬so year, The Last Days of Morelli, today the Galleria Civica di Udine, first exposed in Monaco (1902), then in Venice (1903); in Brussels in 1903, at the Salon of Fine Arts Triennial: Chopin and thoughtfully. The promoter Salvator Rosa in Naples in 1904: Thoughtful; Twilight; Canale di San Martino; Boulevard Pereire; Evening (etching) Fragments of Beethoven; Night, the latter being awarded the Prince of Candriano Giuseppe Caracciolo, then president of the Company Promoter. The Futurist movement at¬trae him for some time, as evidenced by some of his works, such as music Sensations (1923), displayed at the futurism of the Venice Biennale of 1926, and Matter and spirit. Skilled in the technique of aquatint etching and colored, some of his evidence etchings are exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1905 along with three paintings (Brasserie Montmartre, Chopin, Forfeiture); between color etchings remember Faust (1908), Wagner in exile, Portrait of Wagner, Serenata, Vespers (1910). His other works are: Goodbye 1910 (Erbefald, Museum), Crop Britain in 1910 (Nantes, Gallery), works at the Metropolitan of 1908 (Naples, Capodimonte), // fool and the wise men of 1910 (Naples, Palazzo della Pro ¬vincia); The wife of the poet of 1906 (Palermo, Gallery of Modern Art ??), Lecturer (Paris, Luxembourg), Graziella, 1907 (Rome, Gallery of Modern Art).


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