Federico Maldarelli

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Federico or Federigo Maldarelli (October 2, 1826 – December 9, 1893) was an Italian painter born in Naples.


His father was a painter, but Federico's first formal training was under Costanzo Angelini.

He first exhibited at the 1839 Mostre Borboniche, a painting of Head of the Holy Virgin. He participated in this exhibition regularly until 1859. In 1855, he was awarded the third-class gold medal for his San Gliceria converte e battezza il suo carceriere (in the Capodimonte Museum). The painting hung next to the famed Gl'iconoclasti of Domenico Morelli. Both painters became lifelong friends.[1]

Reclining Pompeian Woman

After the 1860s, he painted almost exclusively historical costume scenes of Neo-pompeian subjects. In 1877 at Naples, he exhibited Un episodio dell'ultimo giorno di Pompei. In 1880 at Turin, he exhibited Suonatrice pompeiana; Fioraia, and Vestale sepolta viva. Other paintings include: Via di Pompei; Costume romano; Etera pompeiana.[2] One of his pupils was Lilla Maldura.


  1. ^ Biographical entry in Encyclopedia Treccani, entry by Rosalba Dinoia, Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani - Volume 68 (2007)
  2. ^ Dizionario degli Artisti Italiani Viventi: pittori, scultori, e Architetti., by Angelo de Gubernatis. Tipe dei Successori Le Monnier, 1889, Page 272.