Born in Naples on June 24, 1856 and died in the same city on June 23, 1936. He trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in his hometown (from 1874 to 1877), first following the courses of Gabrile Smargiassi and Antonio Carrillo, then those of Domenico Morelli. He made his debut at the Neapolitan Promoter in 1873, where he exhibited frequently until the third decade of the twentieth century. In 1880 he presented his first successful work, La dote di Rita, at the IV National Exhibition of Fine Arts in Turin. The following year, "Who loves me, follow me" was received with equal favor at the National Exhibition in Milan. He later exhibited in Venice in 1881, The grandmother's bodice, in Florence in 1882, Little farmer and Big pumpkins, in Rome (Entry into the countryside) and in Milan (Reason in late) in 1883, Turin and Terni (water zurfegna in Santa Lucia, purchased by the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome) in 1884, again in Venice in 1885 and 1887 (Maria Rosa, Apparition, Easter Market in Naples). He also participated in various international exhibitions: in Nice in 1884, at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889 and in Berlin in 1891 (the city where he had already exhibited in 1883), in London in 1888, in Vienna and Antwerp in 1894, in Petersburg in 1898 and 1902, in Saint-Louis in 1904, in Brussels in 1910 and, finally, in San Francisco in 1915 (Autumn in the Grand Canal and again L’acqua zurfegna in Santa Lucia). His painting is mainly inspired by the customs of the people and by the landscapes in particular of the Amalfi coast, of Capri and of Venice in his frequent stays in the lagoon. A versatile artist, he practices all techniques, in oil, tempera, mixed and pastel techniques, reaching high results in the latter. He gets numerous prizes and awards, especially on the side of portraiture (he is the official portraitist of the House of Savoy). In 1888, when he was appointed honorary professor of the institute of fine arts in Naples, he went to Buenos Aires. Here he dedicated himself in particular to portraits and obtained the appointment as a member of the Society of Fine Arts. He carries out an intense teaching practice in the free school of painting organized in his studio together with Giuseppe De Sanctis. At the end of his career, three important personal exhibitions are dedicated to him: in Naples, in 1924, in Milan, in 1933, and in Livorno, in 1934. He died in his hometown on June 23, 1936. His works are preserved in the main public collections and private, in Italy and abroad, among which, in addition to those already mentioned, we mention the Gallery of Modern Art in Milan (Popolana, 1850, Fabbrica di Santi, 1883, Figure of a water seller, 1883), the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci in Milan (Capra, 1875), the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome (L’acqua zurfegna in Santa Lucia, 1884, Scenes in Naples), the Galleria d ' modern and contemporary art of Palazzo Pitti in Florence (Interior with figure), the National Museum of Capodimonte (Masseria, 1877, On the beach, 1882, Portrait of a lady, 1890, Ninetta's dowry, Rio veneziano, 1900, Massacre of the innocents, 1899), the Civic Museum of Castel Nuovo in Naples (Old Naples), the Galleria d ' Ricci Oddi modern art in Piacenza (Ave Maria, 1880, Neapolitan view), the Civic Museum of Barletta (Sailor who sews, 1924), the Attilio Moroni Municipal Art Gallery in Porto Recanati (L’Orciaiolo, Interior of kitchen with child), the Provincial Art Gallery of Salerno (Interior of a tavern with figures, 1875) and the Sannio Museum of Benevento (In the cellar).


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