Born in Santeramo in Colle (Bari) on December 22, 1832, died there on August 28, 1894. After completing his classical studies and graduating in law, he obtained from his father to be able to devote himself to art, to which he was precociously inclined. He studied first with Filippo Bonolis, then with Tommaso de Vivo and Michele Di Napoli. Finally he began to do it himself, only taking advantage of the advice of Domenico Morelli and Filippo Palizzi, to whom he was bound by a deep friendship. Between 1856 and 1859 he stayed in Rome, drawing inspiration from the great works of art of those Galleries; then he returned to Naples, where he settled. In 1868 he went to Paris, for the Universal Exposition, and stayed there long enough to be there during the siege by the Prussians. On this occasion he served in the Italian ambulance. Returning to his homeland, he no longer moved from Naples except to go from time to time to his native Santeramo, and for a trip to the East (1884), to Athens, Constantinople, then, on his return, to Bucharest, Budapest and Vienna. An artist of great sensitivity, he treated with romantic sentimentality paintings of modern subjects and subjects drawn from Greek and Roman history. The landscapes were inspired by his native Puglia, which he did not disdain, and by the East other canvases, which represent a characteristic of his art. He made his debut with The Death of San Giuseppe da Calasanzio, for the Chapel of San Carlo alle Mortelle in Naples. In 1861 he sent Haydée's Madness, purchased by Mr. Smith, then the Turkish consul in Livorno, to Florence for that exhibition. Other important paintings by him are: Greek choir coming out of the temple, exhibited and awarded at the Art Exhibition in Naples in 1876; Fight of gladiators during a dinner in Pompeii, one of Netti's best works, exhibited in Turin in 1880, purchased by Queen Margherita, and kept in the Capodimonte Pinacoteca in Naples; In the Court of Assizes, which appeared in Rome in 1883, and was bought by the city of Bari; La siesta, exhibited at the Naples Art Exhibition in 1885, and purchased by the Municipality of Bari; The crisis, a very suggestive picture, sent to Venice in 1887 with Turkish women having coffee, exhibited again in 1911 at the Netti retrospective exhibition, organized by Giovanni Tesorone at the Venice Biennale, and purchased by the French government for the Luxembourg Museum; Procession of penance during the eruption of Vesuvius in 1731, one of his most important paintings; The exit from a masked ball and A road during the rain, part of the Vonwiller collection in Naples; The shot (episode of May 15, 1848), in the San Martino Museum in Naples; The drinking trough, built in 1885; Sappho's Cry; Levantine embroiderers; A woman who reads; The rest in the harvest; The harvest, left unfinished and purchased, after the author's death, by the Italian government for the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Rome; Reaper drinking, also unfinished canvas, preserved in the Institute of Fine Arts in Naples; La Maddalena, in the Cathedral of Altamura; Sant'Effremo, in the church of Santeramo; A downpour, belonging to Baron Chiarandà; A canto from my studio, purchased by Eduardo Dalbono; The asphyxiated lovers; The reader, in the Turri-Gallina collection in Milan. He also left a lot of good pictures.


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