Born in Casale Monferrato on 2 May 1826, died in Milan on 5 January 1903. He attended the Brera Academy, a pupil of Sabatelli, starting with neoclassical paintings, but in 1848 he left his studies to run on the barricades of the Cinque Giornate. The following year, having enlisted in the Lombard Bersaglieri battalion, he was in the defense of Rome with Luciano Manara, who died in his arms. In 1859 he fought in Varese in the ranks of Giuseppe Garibaldi, earning a medal for valor. It was the time of historical and patriotic subjects: artists thought of Italy even away from the battlefields. Eleuterio Pagliano was one of the most fervent. His painting La Aldobrandini refusing to dance with Maramaldo attracted attention and marked a decisive step in the artist's career, and the painting La morte di Luciano Manara (1884) at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Rome is, among these, one of the best known. Revenge of the Amadei; The taking of the cemetery of Solferino; The reason of state are other typical works of him in the field of historical painting. He alternated these paintings with works of different inspiration, such as Giuditta and San Luigi Gonzaga, (1851), in the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Turin. Then came the period of decorative paintings, and he executed the veils of the theaters of Como and Verona; the two allegories Venice and Naples, in the Milan Central Station, now demolished; the frescoes Africa and Agriculture, in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan. But his masterpieces are the two paintings: The death of Tintarella's daughter and The summer of San Martino, owned by the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Milan with twenty other works and many etchings, in which he also revealed his agile strength as a draftsman, perhaps better than in the paintings. He soon affirmed his peculiar characteristics as a painter with an easy and harmonious brushstroke; he was not influenced or had a crisis of artistic conscience in his long and successful career; his solid technique, clear and descriptive without banality, was always enough to accomplish everything he set out to narrate. Other works by him are: The killers of Buondelmonti; Maramaldo, with whom he obtained the government grand prize and the Mylius prize in a competition at the Brera Academy, and which was purchased, in 1872, by the Kedivé of Egypt. Then: In the sacristy (1885) in the Pinacoteca di Brescia; Dominates in the Modern Art Gallery of Turin; The declaration in the Revoltella Museum in Trieste; Interior of the Sacristy and Pila d'acquasanta, both exhibited in Milan in 1903, today in the Turri collection in Milan where there is also The death of Luciano Manara, a sketch of the painting which is in Rome; Zeusi and the Crotone Maidens; The inventory; The geography lesson, awarded with a silver medal at the Paris Exposition in 1878; The passage of the Ticino in 1859; In my studies; The badminton player, in the Carraro collection in Milan; The lute; The departure from the paternal house of a peasant woman married; Fazio forcibly torn from the temple of Santa Sofia in Constantinople by order of the empress Theodora: the latter three placed in the Pinacoteca di Brera; Laundry and The Origin of the Compagnia della Misericordia, both exhibited in Milan in 1900 on the occasion of the 19th-century Lombard Painting Exhibition. The "Paolo and Adele Giannoni" Modern Art Gallery in Novara has seventy works by him, including studies, watercolors and etchings. He also successfully cultivated lithography. We remember the twelve lithographs of him for the «History of Monferrato of the century. XVI narrated by Pietro Gorelli »by O. Cappello. Master of Uberto dell'Orto, A. Glisenti, Pompeo Mariani, D. Pesenti. Tranquillo Cremona was also influenced by it.


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