Consalvo’s father, Raffaelle Carelli, was an early member of the School of Posillipo and who had migrated to Naples from Apulia. In 1837, he was given a scholarship to travel to Rome, where he attached himself to the French Academy in Rome. He returned to Naples in 1840, but lived for three years in Paris (1841-1843), where he gained recognition as a landscape painter. He helped illustrate a travel journal of Alexandre Dumas. He had patronage from French, English, and Russian aristocracy. He was the brother of the painter Gabriele Carelli. He was the father of the painter Giuseppe Carelli (1858 - 1921), and uncle of Conrad Hector Raffaele Carelli (1866-1956), son of Gabriele. One of his pupils was Egidio De Maulo.
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