Born in Palermo in May 1841, died on February 27, 1915. From his father Luigi he learned the first elements of art, and, having demonstrated a precocious vocation, he was sent at the age of fourteen to Naples with a director's pension to perfect himself. In the Neapolitan capital he frequented the studio of Nicola Palizzi, until 1860 arrived. He left his brushes to rush to offer his arm to Garibaldi, with whom he did all the campaigns; indeed in 1862 he fell prisoner with Menotti Garibaldi, in Aspromonte. Leaving the gun and resuming his artistic career, he became one of the greatest representatives of southern painting, one of the most fruitful and original, as, even if forced by the clients to perform replicas of the same work, he loved to differentiate himself in order not to copy himself. He was able to translate the brightness of the sun and the air in a way that had never before reached, and this especially in the painting A hot day in Sicily, exhibited in 1876 at the Promotrice of Naples and purchased by King Vittorio Emanuele II for the Capodimonte Museum. This work earned him the nickname of "thief of the sun". Another very successful work was A Sicilian carriage and a wheelchair, presented in 1892 at the National Exhibition. The Lojacono, although full of commissions and highly sought after, never failed in his honesty as an artist, and his whole life was a tireless search for the best, a continuous study of the truth. Other works by him worthy of mention: The rest of the afternoon; October; Villa in the Conca d'Oro, one of the best works, exhibited in Paris in 1878; After sunset; The oyster fishermen, awarded with a gold medal; At Posillipo; The unexpected arrival, purchased by King Umberto I and kept at the Quirinale; After the rain; Scirocco, also purchased by King Umberto I and kept in the Royal Villa of Monza; The Gulf of Palermo, which was bought by the Grand Duchess Wladimiro of Russia; San Giovanni degli Eremiti; Saracen olive trees; The blessing of the cattle in Mandello, kept in the Chantilly Museum; After the rain, purchased by the Prince of Trabia; At Vesuvius, in the Gallery of Modern Art in Rome; A summer morning; A villa in the hills; In the wood; Solitude; Vento di Montagna, located in the Gallery of Modern Art in Palermo. In Agrigento in the Sinatra Collection there are eighty-four paintings by Lojacono. Of these we remember: From the marine hospice; Blessing of the herds; On the Via di Romagnolo; The calm; Sunset; It was already the hour that the desire turns.


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