Born in Campertogno (Vercelli) on 16 September 1837, died in Borgosesia on 4 October 1905. He devoted himself to painting, after having learned his art from his father, a wood carver. Andrea Castaldi was his teacher at the Accademia Albertina. His first works were figures in wax and wood; first canvases by him: Cavour (1862); The death of Andrea del Sarto, exhibited in 1863 at the Promotrice of Turin and Brutus awaiting the hour of the conspiracy, for which he received a prize and a pension from the Coccia college. He continued his studies in the Academies of Florence and Rome. In 1870 he held the chair of drawing teacher at the professional school of Biella: in 1873 he succeeded Castaldi in the chair of painting at the Accademia Albertina. He participated in many Italian and foreign exhibitions; in Milan, Venice, Berlin, Munich, Paris, Glasgow, Antwerp, London, Leningrad, but especially at the exhibitions of the Promotrice in Turin. Main works by him: A game of morra, which appeared at the International Exhibition in London in 1874 and was purchased in Turin by Vittorio Emanuele II; A game of bowls, perhaps his masterpiece, presented at the first Triennale Exhibition in Turin in 1896, and re-exhibited, with the new title Dopo la questua, at the Turin Quadriennale in 1902 (later purchased by Signor Ferdinando Colonna of Turin); Saint John the forerunner, The grandfather in thought, The offering, Between ancient and modern, At the Sanctuary, Between pipe and glass, Official presentation, Frivolity, Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, Blessing in the open air, Drinker, The Parish architects, Love and Art, Flowers for sale, First confession, First dangers. The following are conserved in the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Turin: Hodie tibi, cras mihi, donated by King Umberto I, from 1884 (the sketch of which is in the Becchis collection in Turin); Al kyrie, Sbadataccio, A sad news, Sin of desire and two studies for the painting by Machiavelli. In the Pinacoteca di Varallo we find: Voices of spring and Fienaiuolo. He was also an effective portrait painter: the portraits of Madame Wild-Liber were very successful; by Mrs. Lella Boetti and Eng. cav. Magnani. He was the teacher of P. Azzi, F. Boccardo, L. Bolongaro, D. Bonifanti, V. Cavalieri, Demetrio Cosola, C. L. Gallo, Giuseppe Grassis, Giacomo Grosso, Giovanni Guarlotti, A. Loretto, C. Meineri, E. Morelli , E. Olivetti, Cesare Scaglia, C. Sommati di Mombello, F. Vacchetti, C. Verno.


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