Born in Bologna on 2 September 1859, died in Venice on 22 March 1944. He studied at the Academy of his city, a pupil of the scenographer Solmi. The master committed suicide, he went to Venice to spend a few weeks there, but the city of the lagoon conquered him and from 1880 he remained in Venice dedicating himself to portraying his characteristic views in watercolor and etching. In 1912 he was appointed professor of watercolor and engraving at the Academy, where the school of etching was established and gained such fame. In a confession made to Servolini, B. indicates Whistler as his true master in the art of etching. He was a frequent exhibitor at the Venice Internationals; in one he was particularly noted because a watercolor by him, A canal in Venice, was purchased by the German Emperor William II. One of his works is in the Marangoni Museum in Udine, another was bought by Vittorio Emanuele III.


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