Born in Florence in 1830, he died in the same city on November 19, 1919. He is a pupil of Giuseppe Bezzuoli and Enrico Pollastrini at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. He made his debut at the Promoter of that city with historical-literary motifs: Cristoforo Colombo at the Rabida in 1853 and Michelangelo who watches over his servant Urbino during his illness in 1855, re-presented in 1858 together with Cimabue sees Giotto. He is a regular visitor to the Caffè Michelangiolo together with his Macchiaioli friends Vito D’Ancona, the brothers Serafino and Felice De Tivoli, Lorenzo Gelati, Francesco Saverio Altamura, Giovanni Mochi, Ferdinando Buonamici, Stefano Ussi and Alessandro Lanfredini. After taking part as a volunteer, in 1859, in the Second War of Independence, he converted from the painting of ancient history to that of contemporary history, obtaining the second prize for the theme "Military Episodes" at the Ricasoli Competition with The Marquis Fadini saves the life to General De Sonnaz in Montebello, now preserved in the Gallery of Modern Art in Florence. In May 1861 he went to Paris together with Michele Gordigiani, Stefano Ussi, Giovanni Mochi, Antonio Fontanesi and Nino Costa, and here he met his Florentine friends Telemaco Signorini, Vincenzo Cabianca and Cristiano Banti. Returning to Florence in the same year, he presented some works at the First National Exhibition, the biblical subjects Susanna tempted by the elders and Hagar expelled by Abraham, The Marquis Fadini volunteer in cavalrymen and Galileo Galilei before the Inquisition Tribunal, obtaining a medal which he refused together with twelve other artists in protest against the jury deemed prejudiced and unsuitable. At the Promotrici of 1862 and 1863 he presents the first works inspired by the painting of life: the two canvases entitled Roman costume, Two peasant girls from the Roman countryside and Rural scene. During his stays in Castiglioncello, documented since 1863, at the estate of his friend Diego Martelli, he came into contact with Odoardo Borrani, Giovanni Fattori, Giuseppe Abbati and Raffaello Sernesi, painting with them rural and marine views: View of the Martelli countryside , Marina in Castiglioncello, Casolari in Castiglioncello, Renaioli in Castiglioncello and After the storm (around 1865), the latter preserved in the Gallery of Modern Art in Genoa. In Florence, in the winter of around 1865-1866, he is portrayed by Giovanni Boldini in the house of Diego Martelli (Milan, private collection, formerly a collection of Arturo Toscanini). In 1866, together with Raffaello Sernesi, Giuseppe Abbati, Eugenio Cecconi, Poldo Pisani and Gustavo Uzielli, he volunteered for the Third War of Independence and was taken prisoner in Bezzecca. On his return to Florence he devoted himself to delightful scenes of rural life - Olive harvesting around Florence (1868) and Regalo per il padrone (1869) - alongside those of genre set in the Roman countryside and in domestic interiors that meet the taste of public and are also exhibited and sold abroad (in 1879 he exhibited in Suffolk Street in London). Among these works are Il Pifferaio (1881), The soap bubble (1886), The lesson of braid (1888) and Scherzi col gomitolo (1888). In 1870 he was appointed professor of the Academic Council of Fine Arts of Florence, a position he held until his death in Florence on November 19, 1919.