Born in Belluno on October 26, 1809. After studying with the Bellunoese Antonio Federici and Antonio Tessari, he attended the studio of his cousin painter Pietro Paoletti in Padua, who worked in the studio of the neoclassical Giovanni Demin. He later perfected himself at the Venice Academy, which he attended regularly from 1827 to 1829 under the guidance of Tranquillo Orsi (perspective) and Teodoro Matteini (figure and nude). In 1832 he settled in Rome, first again at Paoletti's, then independently, dedicating himself to drawing and painting from life in the city and countryside. His oldest works demonstrate an interest in the problems of perspective (from 1934: Trinità dei Monti, National Gallery of Modern Art of Ca 'Pesaro in Venice, orangery of Villa Borghese, Museum of Rome, Piazza di Siena in Rome, Di Castro collection, Rome), also dealt with in a didactic publication (Lessons of practical perspective, Rome, 1835; II ed. Naples 1838; III ed. Venice 1841). The famous Carnival of Rome (Festa dei moccoletti) dates back to 1937, replicated forty-two times: among the best known examples, those of Ca 'Pesaro, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome and the Thorvaldsen Museum in Copenhagen. Domiciled in Rome, he constantly moves to other cities, often returning to Venice: in '39 he exhibits in Milan, in '40 in Trieste; in 1841 he was in Padua, where he painted some Roman views in the round room of the Pedrocchi café. In that same year, in Venice, he painted the Grand Canal and the Salute under the snow, subject repeated several times (Civic Museum of Belluno, Revoltella Museum of Trieste, Avon Caffi collection in Venice). The Roman paintings of the Papal Blessing in St. Peter's Square (Museum of Rome), the Arch of Constantine and the temple of Venus and Rome (Avon Caffi collection, Venice), St. Peter and Castel Sant'Angelo and the interior of the Colosseum in the moonlight, both in Ca 'Pesaro. In 1843 he left for the East, stopping first in Naples and Athens (various Neapolitan views and the Parthenon, Ca 'Pesaro), then in Turkey, Palestine, Egypt (Hippodrome of Constantinople, Isthmus of Suez, Caravan in the desert , visible with other subjects at Ca 'Pesaro). In 1844 he was back in Rome, where he exhibited Venice seen from the public gardens in interior time and the Painters' Festival at the slave tower in Rome, then again in Venice. In the lagoon city, compared to the pictorial freedom experienced in Rome and in the East, until 1849 he created a group of works with a still Canaletto taste, such as Morning Effect on the Piazzetta (Ca Pesaro). In 1848 he left Rome and enlisted against Austria. He fights in Visco and Ialmico, in Friuli, is taken prisoner, escapes and returns to Venice, where he remains until the fall of the Republic (1849). Some military subjects are from this period, such as the bombing of Marghera, the explosion of a bomb on the lagoon, and others preserved in the Museum of the Risorgimento in Venice. Leaving Venice because he was outlawed by Austria, he settled in Genoa (1849), where he painted views of the city and the Riviera (Ca 'Pesaro). The following year he is in Turin, after a brief stop in Switzerland (View of Lucerna, Ca 'Pesaro). In 1851 he presented a View of Hyde at the Universal Exhibition in London (location unknown) and in 1855, after a stay in Spain (drawings at the Correr Museum, Venice, 1854), participated in the Universal Exhibition in Paris with three works (1855 ): from that period are the Louvre Palace and the Boulevard St. Denis at night (Ca 'Pesaro). In 1855 he returned to Rome where he worked until 1857 making some of his most famous paintings: Rome seen from the Pincio (Noferi collection, Florence); Interior of the Colosseum, Aqueducts in the Roman countryside (Museum of Rome); Colosseum illuminated by Bengal fires (Ca 'Pesaro), and three Views of Tivoli (one at Ca' Pesaro and two at the Museum of Rome). In 1858, again in Venice, he was tried for a "crime of public violence" which occurred during a riot in '49; acquitted, he settles in that city. Some well-known paintings are dated to 1858: Serenade in front of the pier, Carnival in Piazza S. Marco (Ca 'Pesaro). In 1860, with the unification of Italy, he was arrested and locked up in the political prisons of S. Severo (drawings in the Correr Museum). Released after three months, he leaves for Milan. Then he goes to Naples and Campania, where the Garibaldian advance is underway; he paints On the banks of the Volturno and, in 1861, Vittorio Emanuele's Entrance to Naples (Ca 'Pesaro). When he returned to Venice he actively resumed painting: in 1965 they are the Venice Pier at sunset and Serenata in front of the Piazzetta di S. Marco (both in Ca 'Pesaro). War on Austria having been declared in July 1866, he left Venice and went first to Florence, then to Taranto. He died in Lissa on 20 July 1866 in the sinking of the King of Italy on which he had embarked to illustrate the events of the war up close.


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